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ENGL 101 & 011: Cite Sources

A dedicated research guide including library online tutorials for ENGL101/ENGL 011 classes.

Workshop: You Quote It, You Note It! Avoiding Plagiarism in ENGL 101

You Quote It, You Note It: Avoiding Plagiarism in ENGL 101 is a workshop that addresses how to avoid plagiarism and cite sources using the MLA format. Please visit the registration page, linked below, to sign up for this workshop! (Dates will be updated as workshops are added to the schedule.)

Workshop Activities:

Additional Resources:

There are six common types of plagiarism: 

  • Global plagiarism: presenting an entire text by someone else as your own work
  • Paraphrasing plagiarism: rephrasing someone else’s ideas without citation
  • Verbatim plagiarism: directly copying a passage of text without citation
  • Mosaic plagiarism: combining text and ideas from different sources without citation
  • Self-plagiarism: reusing passages and ideas from your own previously submitted work
  • Incorrect citation: failing to give all the necessary information in your source citation

MLA Citations

MLA (Modern Language Association) citation style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources in literature and the humanities.

  • Works Cited list: Include a full list of your sources at the end of your paper.
  • In-text citations: Use in-text citations when you quote, paraphrase, or summarize to let the reader know that the information comes from another source.

See the MC Library guide on MLA Citations or one of the other resources below for more information.
Always check with your course instructor to verify which style you should use when writing a paper.

Note: Resources for both MLA 9th edition (2021) and MLA 8th edition (2016) are linked below.

More Citation Help

MC Writing, Reading, & Language Centers
Tutors at the WRL Centers can provide feedback on your writing, including questions on properly citing your sources.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Includes tutorials, sample papers, and sample bibliographies for all major citation styles.

MC Academic Integrity Resources

Step 4: Cite Sources

"Cite Sources." Laptop, mouse, and pencils.

The final step in the research cycle is to cite your sources. This step shows your reader that you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information.

Citing sources provides credibility to your ideas and places them in an academic context. It is also an important part of academic integrity. Giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas avoids plagiarism.

Citing from a Poem - MLA

Some additional formatting is needed when quoting from a poem. The links below provide examples for citing poetry, using the MLA format:

Citation Tools