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The purpose of this guide is to help you cite your sources using the MLA Style (8th edition). You will find some useful examples and tips for organizing your work.

Why citing?

Don’t forget that referencing is an important part not only of your grade but for your academic integrity as well. It is important to acknowledge other author's ideas that have influenced your work or that you have adapted to your work and to avoid plagiarism.

To do this in APA style you have to note two things:

  • In-text citing (citation, placed within the main text)
  • Reference list (list of all sources used in the paper, placed at the end)

How to cite?

In academic writing it is important that you cite every idea, information or data that you have borrowed or derived from another text. In this way you give recognition to the original author and avoid plagiarism.

Note:There are several ways which you can use to integrate the ideas of others within your text.

  • By direct quotation: directly taking the words of the another author and identifying them in your text with quotation marks.
  • By paraphrasing: putting the ideas into your own words, restating their meaning, in more detail.
  • By summarizing: writing an overview of the original text by using your own words, in less detail than paraphrasing.

What is MLA?

MLA (Modern Languages Association) citation style is widely used in the humanities. It is considered generally simpler and more concise than other citation styles. Similar to them, it consists of in-text (parenthetical) citations and works cited list.

This guide is based on the MLA handbook and has been updated to 8th edition.

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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using another person’s ideas without acknowledging that person’s contributions, or passing these ideas or work as your own. Even if it's unintentional, plagiarism is a moral and ethical ofence.

Continue reading this guide to learn how to avoid plagiarism. :)


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