What is MLA?
MLA (Modern Language Association) is the most commonly used style guide for citing sources. It’s how students at Harwood appropriately cite sources in research papers. Sources (newspaper articles, books, websites, etc) used in a research paper must be documented in order to prevent plagiarism.
Why is it necessary to cite sources?
- To give credit to the people from whom you have borrowed words and ideas
- To allow your readers to check sources for more information
- To prevent plagiarism
When are citations not needed?
- If the information you are presenting is common knowledge. (Hint: if a fact can be found in five or more sources, it is considered “common knowledge.”)
- If the information you are presenting is completely your own idea
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