Whenever you use someone else's exact words (quotation) or put their main ideas into your own words (paraphrase), you need to cite the original source completely. Your professor will need to know where you found the information & a complete citation will let your reader easily find the cited source because it will include the author, title, publication date, page number, & more, depending on the type of resource you are citing.
Below are some links to resources that provide examples of what correct citations should look like, as well as a few online citation generators that can help you as you find resources.
Many library resources have "cite" tools that will automatically generate a citation for you, but you still need to double-check them for accuracy & make sure that they are formatted according to your professor's guidelines and/or the course required MLA Style Guide. Below are a few additional online resources that may help you.
Watch our MLA Playlist of videos to learn how to set up your cover page and format your paper, plus learn how to use the OWL to craft your citations.
Problems viewing? Watch it on YouTube.
Plagiarizing is just one example of Academic Dishonesty. Other examples include:
In addition to being unethical, violating Academic Integrity may lead to disciplinary action. Visit the Student Code of Conduct on Academic Integrity for more details.
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