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FOUN 098 36: Reading Images/Watching Words: MLA Citations and Avoiding Plagiarism

Citation Resources


Above you'll find out more about accidental plagiarism and get our top pieces of advice to help you try to avoid violating the academic honesty policy by mistake. (as a bonus, most of these tips will also make your paper better in other ways!)

If you haven't yet completed the interactive MLA citation tutorial, click this link (Will take roughly 15-25 minutes to complete). This will give you hands-on experience creating in-text and full citations in MLA style for most source types (articles, books, films, and websites).


MLA Citation Resources Online:


Questions about other styles? Eloise is happy to help!

General Guidelines

  • As you draft your final project, cite in-text and as you go to attribute quotes from, paraphrases of, or summaries of a source. 
    • If you create an outline, include citations in it as well so you don't need to go back to try to find what information you get from what source.
  • Often, quotes are best saved for work that you are centering and/or analyzing. If you are referencing general ideas or laying out what research has been done on this topic, paraphrases and summaries are preferred in most cases. 
  • Citation generators can be helpful, but they are often incomplete (including citations from Worldcat or other academic databases). Feel free to use these tools, but always double-check with a model from a trusted source.
    • Need help figuring out the structure of a citation or how to know what pieces of information for a citation you need and where to find them? Librarians are happy to help!