Why should I use a citation style?
In the library orientation we briefly talked about the importance of using a "citation style" when writing essays or research papers.
It is very important when writing papers, to correcly cite any information that you use that is not your own, original information. So, if you take a direct quote from a book or a journal article, or even if you paraphrase the information (put it in your own words), you will need to cite this information. You will need to cite it both in the body of your paper and by creating a works cited list at the end of your paper. Failing to cite your sources is committing plagiarism.
Which citation style should I use?
There are a number of different citation styles used. For your ENC 1101 class you will be using a style called MLA. This citation style not only tells you how to cite your sources for you paper, but it also give you information about the general set up of a research paper - margin size, title page contents, page numbering etc. You are not expected to become experts in all the details of MLA.
MLA Formatting & Style Guide: Purdue University's Online Writing Lab has created this very helpful site explaining almost everything you would ever want to know about MLA. Use the tool bar located on the left side of the page to select specific topics such as citing books, periodicals (magazines, journals & newspapers), electronic sources (websites, online articles, articles from databases, etc.)
MLA - Examples of MLA Style for Bibligraphies: This is an electronic copy of the handout provided in the library orientation.