MLA Citation Style is used by writers to acknowledge the sources that they have used to write their paper or essay. Any time that a writer uses material that is not their own idea they should provide citation information to show where the information came from.
For example, if you are writing a paper on secondhand smoking, you will probably find research information in the form of articles, books and statistics. Each time you use information from one of these sources in your paper, you should make a notation of where the information came from. Usually the information in the body of the paper includes the author's name and page number from the original source. At the end of the paper, you will compile the complete list of all references and format them in the proper MLA style.
What actually is plagiarism and how can you avoid it? For more information, go to: Purdue OWL - Avoiding Plagiarism
For more information about MLA Citation Style, please visit the following sites.
Links to sites on the free web that help you construct your citation and Works Cited page:
(Also - Microsoft Word will assist you in creating your citations. Go to Review>Style (MLA)>Insert Citation to create your citation.)
The library also has several copies of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (REF LB2369.G53) available for student use in the Library. Please check at the reference desk for assistance.