Understanding the Importance of a Works Cited Page in MLA Style
Discover why creating a Works Cited page is crucial in academic writing, follow the guidelines set by the Modern Language Association (MLA), and avoid plagiarism by properly crediting your sources.
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1. Why Create a Works Cited Page & How
2. Modern Language Association (MLA) provides guidelines for the creation of a bibliography (called a Works Cited page) and the corresponding parenthetical (within the text) citation.
3. As a writer, it is your responsibility to give proper credit to your sources. It is also very important that you give this credit in accordance with MLA style. If you fail to give proper credit to a source, you have committed plagiarism.
4. If you have not given proper credit to your sources, you have committed plagiarism. Essentially, it is like you are lying to your reader. You have used someone elses ideas without telling your reader where you took it from. Whether you have intentionally tried to pass off someone elses ideas as your own or, through careless research, you unintentionally forgot to cite a source, the charge is plagiarism.
5. Basically, any idea or fact that you received from a source needs to be cited. Any idea or fact that is common knowledge does not need to be cited. For example, facts like the earth rotates around the sun or Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while in office are common knowledge and would not have to be cited.
6. A Works Cited page is the name that MLA gives to a bibliography.
7. Its always the last page of your essay or report. Type the words Works Cited ¢er it on the page. Each entry (or source) reads like one long sentence. The second and subsequent lines are always indented five spaces. Sources are listed alphabetically by the first word or name of the entry. This first word or name should be what you use in your citation throughout your paper.
9. You can find MLA citation examples on p. 164-165 of your agenda Use the Citation Machine website: http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?reqstyleid= 1&newstyle=1&stylebox=1
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