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ESL 924: MLA

Grammar/Writing IV

Why cite?

The point of citation is to give credit to the author of your sources and explain to your professor where you found the information to support the argument of your paper.


Plagiarism is the copying or close imitation of information from a published source.

 Plagiarism is not allowed at Cañada College. If a student is caught plagiarizing, he or she could fail the class or even be expelled. To avoid plagiarism you must put quotation marks around information that is directly copied from a sorce and cite all thoughts, ideas, arguments, research, quotations and obscure facts taken from your sources using a recognized citation format like MLA.

MLA Introduction

MLA stands for Modern Language Association. It is a style for writing researching papers and formatting citations. As a college student, you are required to cite all published quotations, ideas, arguments, research and obscure facts that you have used to write your paper. There are two main parts to MLA citation, the in-text citation and Works Cited list. When using MLA, it is important to format your citations exactly as stated paying close attention to punctuation, capitalization and italics.



Works Cited Page


The last page of your essay is called the "Works Cited" page. This is where you list the full citation of your sources in MLA format.





In text

In your essay, in the text or body of your essay, you need to give a brief citation.

This page will help you make "in text" citations!


MLA Handbook

MLA example

Click the image for an informative example of a research paper with explanations of MLA formatting:


What is EasyBib?

EasyBib is an automatic bibliography composer. When you have sources you need to cite properly for your research paper, EasyBib will help you format your sources quickly and accurately.

Cañada College students can use the premium features by registering (setting up an account).You must be on campus to register; once you you have registered you can use EasyBib from anywhere to create bibliographies for your entire career at Cañada College.  Come see us in the Library if you need help getting registered!