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MLA Handbook 8th Edition

The 8th edition varies from previous editions in one essential way. Its focus is on principles of organization rather than a list of rules for individual formats, which allows for flexibility as new formats come along.


Why We Cite

What is citation?

A research project will include facts, opinions, quotations, and images taken from a variety of print, non-print, and electronic sources. Citing sources is providing select information about each source used for a project. You should cite not only what you quote, but also what you paraphrase.

Why do we cite?

  • to give proper credit for words, ideas, graphics, or other information you borrow from others.
  • to help readers find sources you used in case they want to read more from those pieces for themselves.
  • to avoid plagiarism.

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