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Created by the Modern Language Association, MLA is a citation format used for research papers in many college classes, including English classes. Your instructor will tell you if MLA format is required.
NOTE: Instructors may ask for citations or elements that differ from the formal MLA layout covered in this guide. You should always follow your instructor's requirements if they differ from requirements in this guide.
Citation management tools can help you create citations in various formats. Click on the links below for more information about the two citation management tools available through the library.
What Are Citation Formats?
Citation formats are rules and guidelines that make writing styles uniform within a specific work or publication. They cover the following:
There are many citation formats. Some of the more commonly used ones are MLA format, APA format and Chicago format.
Why Cite Sources?
There are several reasons why you would want to cite your sources:
What Is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is giving the impression that you wrote or thought something that you borrowed from someone else.
How Can You Avoid Plagiarism? Cite your sources using a citation format.
What Must Be Cited?
Material is probably common knowledge if:
From: The Online Writing Lab. Purdue University
Frequently Used Formats
How do you know which format to use? Your instructor will let you know the required format for your class and assignments.