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English 1A - Rojas: Why Cite?

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Why Citations are Important


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

Plagiarism is not allowed at Evergreen Valley College. If a student is caught plagiarizing, they may fail the assignment or the course. To avoid plagiarism, place quotation marks around information that is directly copied from a source. Remember to cite all thoughts, ideas, arguments, research, quotations and obscure facts taken from your sources using the MLA citation format.

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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.

Citation Introduction

As a college student, you are required to cite all published quotations, ideas, arguments, research, and obscure facts that you will use for your paper.

There are 2 main parts to MLA citation:

(1) the In-Text Citation 

(2) the Works Cited list

When using MLA, it is important to format your citations exactly as required paying close attention to punctuation, capitalization, and italics.


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