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Understanding MLA

Crash course in plagiarism and MLA Citations


A Crash Course in MLA Citation Style

Outline
Outline
Why to cite: Plagiarism
When to cite
How to cite: In-text and works cited
references
How to cite: Citation practice and activities

Plagiarism
http://goo.gl/2twMTm

Is it plagiarism if I take only part someones writing and


pretend that I wrote it?

http://goo.gl/XvLG3D

http://goo.gl/1qXhXZ

Yes it is plagiarism to pretend any amount of anothers


writing is your own.

Is it plagiarism if I pass off someones ideas as my own?

http://goo.gl/h9qRy0

http://goo.gl/1qXhXZ

Yes it is plagiarism to only copy ideas

What about handing in an essay I found on the


internet and pretending I wrote it?

http://goo.gl/SW3UwK

http://goo.gl/1qXhXZ

Yes handing in an essay that someone else wrote is


plagiarism

Why does it matter?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe

Citations
Just by citing the information you use
in your assignments, you can avoid
plagiarism.
Whentoto
Cite
When
Cite
Quoting
Quoting
Summarizing
ideas
Summarizing
ideas
Paraphrasing
ideas
Paraphrasing
ideas

The Exception
* Common knowledge

How to Cite
Two Kinds of citations in MLA
In-text citations: Shows where the idea
or quotation that you used came from.
Works cited list: A longer citation that
gives the reader the information they
need to find the sources from your intext citations.

Citation Formula
TheThe
Citation
Formula

The Citation Formula


Works Cited Citation Books:

The Citation Formula


Works Cited Citation Books:

Book Citation Example

The
Citation
Formula
In-Text
Citation

In-Text Citation
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks
were striking thirteen (
).

From Page 3 of
.

In-Text Citation
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks
were striking thirteen (
).
A) (Orwell, P. 3).
B) (Orwell, G, 3).
C) (Orwell 3).
D) (Orwell, George).

From Page 3 of
.

In-Text Citation
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks
were striking thirteen (
).
A) (Orwell, P. 3).
B) (Orwell, G, 3).
C) (Orwell 3).
D) (Orwell, George).

From Page 3 of
.

In-Text Citation
In his work Nineteen Eighty-Four,
writes
that there had even been demonstrations to
thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate
ration (
).

From Page 61 of
.

In-Text Citation
In his work Nineteen Eighty-Four,
writes there
had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother
for raising the chocolate ration (
).

A) (Orwell 61).
B) (Orwell, P. 61).
C) (Orwell).
D) (61).

From Page 61 of
.

In-Text Citation
In his work Nineteen Eighty-Four,
writes there
had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother
for raising the chocolate ration (
).

A) (Orwell 61).
B) (Orwell, P. 61).
C) (Orwell).
D) (61).

From Page 61 of
.

In-Text Citation
The first indication of Miss Brodies failed love
affair is when she invites her pupils to Mr
Lowthers to hear their stories about Mr Lloyd
(
).

From Page 97 of
.

In-Text Citation
The first indication of Miss Brodies failed love affair is
when she invites her pupils to Mr Lowthers to hear
their stories about Mr Lloyd (
).

A) (Spark 97).
B) (97).
C) (Muriel 97).
D) (Spark, M. 97).

From Page 97 of

In-Text Citation
The first indication of Miss Brodies failed love affair is
when she invites her pupils to Mr Lowthers to hear
their stories about Mr Lloyd ( (
).

A) (Spark 97).
B) (97).
C) (Muriel 97).
D) (Spark, M. 97).

From Page 97 of

http://youtu.be/BckV58x4qIc?t=20s

MLA Citation Guides


Library.ualberta.ca
mla526.weebly.com

Thank You!
Need Help?
Ask me: Brailey@ualberta.ca
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chat or email.
Ask your instructor.

Works Cited
Boesveld, Sarah. University of Alberta Medical School Dean Resigns After
Plagiarizing Speech. National Post 17 June 2011: N.p. National Post News.
Web. 28 Oct. 2014.
Formatting Your Paper. YouTube. 2011. Web. 8 Nov 2014.
Lemieux, Marc. University of Alberta Library Guides. Research, Writing
and Citing - Academic Papers. Citing. 2014. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Ed. New York: The
Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.
Silverman, Kenneth. Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending
Remembrance. New York: Harper Collins, 1991. Print.