MLA Introduction Part 1

Why cite sources?

We can all agree that citing sources can be tedious and difficult. So, why do it?

­Think of all the papers you’ve written, the stories you’ve done over the years, the work you put into them—the research, the time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears.

­That work is yours—you own it. THIS is why we source articles. Scholars, researchers, and others have done so much work—years even—to write these articles and they deserve recognition for their work. Also, if you don’t source, it’s plagiarism.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, means…

­To steal or pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own

­To use (another’s production) without crediting the source

­To commit literary theft

­To present as new an original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Citing Sources protects you

The threat of plagiarism isn’t to discourage you from using scholarly articles or other sources—in fact, it’s good using what experts say to help your argument.

In order to protect yourself from some of these major consequences of plagiarism, there is a very tedious process called citation that you will use in college, regardless of what major.

And, depending on what field you go into, there are different ways you will have to cite your sources. For the next few days, we will be going over how to do three of those ways: MLA, APA, and Chicago.

MLA Formatting

MLA formatting is mostly used by professionals and students in the English and foreign languages field.

MLA Style “establishes standards of written communication concerning…

­“Formatting and page layout

­“Stylistic technicalities

­“Citing sources

­“Preparing a manuscript for publication in certain disciplines.”

Why use MLA Style?

Allows readers to locate information cues to look up for further research

Allows readers to focus more on your ideas and not be distracted by bulky in-text citations

“Establishes your credibility in the field by demonstrating an awareness of your audience and their needs as fellow researchers.”

Continue reading in the next post!