Students will be able to:
- Explain Why it is Important to Cite Sources
- Correctly cite information using MLA format
- Use NoodleBib to compile a list of citations in MLA format
What is a Bibliographic Citation?
A bibliographic citation provides descriptive information about a specific piece of information. A citation can refer to a book, magazine article, web site, or any other piece of information, including videos and interviews. The citation contains information such as author, title, and publication date. A proper citation provides enough information about an item that it should enable you, or another researcher, to find the item again. There are many different styles used for bibliographic citations, but they all provide the same basic information about an item.
Whenever you create a list of works cited for a research paper, or any other purpose, you will need to provide a bibliographic citation for each piece of information you consulted. Providing a citation not only enables users to trace your sources, it also gives credit for others' work and ideas that you have used. If you do not give credit when you use words or ideas that are not your own, it is considered plagiarism, which is a very serious offense.
For this class, we will be using MLA Style based on the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009. Print.
MLA Style for citing a book:
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
A few good sources for additional examples of MLA style include:
- MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide (The OWL at Purdue)
- MLA Citation Style (Cornell University Library)
- MLA Style Citation Guide (Scottsdale Community College Library)
The MLA handbook is also available in print at the library.