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English 1C - Gott, Brian: Citation

LibGuide for English


Why Cite?
The point of citation is to give credit to the author of your sources and explain to your professor (and other readers) where you found the information to support the argument of your paper.





Brief citations within the text of your paper, often in parenthesis, which point out where research, ideas, theories and quotes originated.


MLA research paper

Formulating a Research Paper


The MLA Style Center has extensive information on style guidelines for all format types on creating works cited list

The Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide is another helpful resource for MLA citation. This page provides information about citing (giving credit for any quotes, facts, paraphrases, or summaries in your paper). Check here for help with your works cited page (bibliography page).

citing interviews

citing interviews

MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th Edition): Images, Charts, Graphs, & Tables

University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno

Works Cited


Placed at the end of your paper, the reference list shows which exact resources were used to develop your paper.

Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)

sample paper

Argument paper, MLA Style

Skyline College