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MLA Style Guide   Tags: citation, library, lir, mla  

A guide to citing sources in MLA style and formatting your Works Cited list.
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Websites

  • Diana Hacker's Site  Icon
    This site is by the authors for Rules for Writers, so it's like the online version of your book.
 

Style books

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Rules for Writers
Call Number: PE1408 .H277 2012 , Doyle reference, 2nd floor; Mahoney reference, 1st floor

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2009 , Doyle reference, 2nd floor; Mahoney reference, 1st floor

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Sample works cited list

This sample comes from Diana Hacker's website, where you can find details on how to write your own works cited list.

 

MLA or APA?

Use MLA style for classes in the humanities or if  your instructor recommends it.

Use APA style for classes in the social sciences of if your instructor recommends it.

 

Purpose of the bibliographies

There is an obvious reason to write a bibliography: To avoid plagiarism. But there is another abstract reason related to the academic conversation.

Scholars communicate with each other by publishing papers. This is how they contribute to the academic conversation.

When you are a student, you are part of the academic community, and your work is a contribution.

Your bibliography is an expected part of the academic conversation, and it shows other people what you have researched to form your thoughts.

By acknowledging your sources, you are finding your place within the academic conversation as a contributor.

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