MLA (Modern Language Association) style specifies guidelines for formatting papers. MLA style also provides a system for referencing sources through parenthetical citation in essays and Works Cited pages.
Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of material by other writers.
Citing sources and creating a Bibliography/Works Cited List:
- Gives credit to the author(s)
- Illustrates your ability to locate & evaluate appropriate sources
- Provides evidence for the arguments and conclusions in your paper
- Prevents plagarism and copyright infringement
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The Works Cited section appears at the end of the research paper and should list all the works that you have mentioned in your text. Sources that you find online are cited slightly differently from paper sources, even if they are also available in paper. If you use an online book or article, be sure to use the correct citation format. For a quick reference to the basic formats for citing your print and electronic sources, choose one of the categories below. Consult a reference librarian for additional help.