Welcome to the LibGuide on citing and documenting resources. In this guide you will learn:
- how to avoid plagiarism
- why to cite
- how to cite
- the difference between quoting, summarizing and paraphrasing
- how to take notes for effective citations
We encourage you to make use of the Writing Associates at the Center for Student Success and Engagement to help you with specific writing questions.
The library does not endorse any specific citation tools but below are some options you may want to try. Remember that citation tools can often make mistakes and you should check your citations thoroughly before handing in your paper.
In addition you will find citation links in many of the library's databases. The Perdue OWL site is also a great place to find citation examples and rules.
Guide content adapted from http://www.library.ucla.edu/bruinsuccess/ Created by the UCLA Library and used with permission.
Important Note on the Use of URLs in MLA
MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations. Because Web addresses are not static (i.e., they change often) and because documents sometimes appear in multiple places on the Web (e.g., on multiple databases), MLA explains that most readers can find electronic sources via title or author searches in Internet Search Engines.
Check with your instructor to see if they wish to require the use of URLs, MLA suggests that the URL appear in angle brackets after the date of access. Break URLs only after slashes.
Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹http://classics.mit.edu/›.