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Citing the sources you use in your research is about giving credit where credit is due. It helps people reading your work to understand where the ideas or facts you're sharing came from, it helps the authors of the sources you cite to direct attention back to their work, and it helps you to look like a responsible, thorough researcher.
Failure to give credit where credit is due is plagiarism, which is part of academic misconduct, and considered theft. For more on what constitutes plagiarism and its consequences, see the CCSU Academic Integrity webpage. And don't worry--if you're concerned about citing properly, there are any number of ways you can check your work before you submit a paper.
In this Guide:
Take a look at the Sample MLA Paper, the Plagiarism and Citation video, or the links for specific citation examples.
In the Library:
Reference the MLA Handbook. You can always ask a librarian for guidance as well!
The following links ARE up to date for the new edition of MLA guidelines. Wondering what's different between the 7th and 8th editions? Check out this link! OWL Purdue also provides a simple comparison here.