It is very important when writing papers to correctly 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.
There are a number of different citation styles used. For any English or writing classes you will mostly likely be using a style called MLA, which stands for Modern Language Association. This citation style not only tells you how to cite your sources for your 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. Below are links to other resources to assist and guide you in preparing your research essays and papers.
Atomic Learning is a dynamic online, subscription based tool that you have access to as an HCC student. Click on the following links to view short, descriptive videos on MLA citation writing style. If prompted, log in with your HCC NetID and password.
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