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ABE 69: HS 21+ US History: Citing in MLA style

What does citing mean? (MLA)

What Does Citing Mean?

After you gather information from outside resources to add to your own ideas about a topic, you will quote, paraphrase, or summarize those sources within the body of your paper.

Citing allows you to share with your readers where you got your information so that they can verify what you've written or follow up on an interesting idea, and it protects you from any charges of plagiarism.

There are two parts to an MLA citation:
  1. The in-text citation lets your reader know, briefly, where the source information in your paper came from. Usually, this includes the author(s) and page number.
  2. The separate Works Cited page lets your reader know, in detail, where that same information came from.

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image of an in-text citation within a paragraph of text

MLA style guides - OWL at Purdue and TCC Library handouts

Additional MLA Style Guides 

Visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Style Guide for a sample paper and instructions for citing individual sources such as newspaper articles, scholarly journals and books.

OWL also provides general information about MLA style in an MLA Style Workshop.

Please use the link below to visit TCC's Citation Guide if you are interested in learning more about:

  • Why citation is important
  • What, when, where and how to cite
  • Integrating your research into your writing
  • Word tips for creating works cited lists

MLA style citations

Source: "MLA citation style - 8th edition" by Joshua Vossler, UWF Libraries, Educational use.

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