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HIST 4603 - History of the New South: MLA Citation

MLA Style 9th Edition

Research Paper Guidelines (MLA)

MLA offers some guidelines for writing a research paper using the MLA 8th edition.  These guidelines are the basics. In the event a different style or different edition is required, one should consult with your instructor or review your assignment instructions on formatting a research paper.

Citing Hints

Be aware when using any cite feature or citation feature in a database or online source to double check to see if you have selected the correct style manual edition required by your instructor or professor. Check for accuracy when exporting into a citation manager tool or if copying and pasting into a word document. It is important to have a working knowledge of the citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago) in order to recognize glitches or mistakes that may occur when copying and pasting information or exported information into a citation manager. 

Rule number one: As the author of your work, article, presentation, or research assignment, it is your responsibility to ensure all citations on the Reference or Works Cited page are correct. This also applies to your in text citations.

Rule number two: Check or review your work, references, quotes, paraphrasing, summarizing, citations, and format to make certain it is following the citation style requirements assigned by the professor or instructor.

A Note About Plagiarism

When using the work of other people, always remember to

  • Give credit if you use their words (quotation).
  • Give credit if you use their sentiments or ideas (paraphrasing/summarizing).
  • Give credit if you use their methods, techniques, or conclusions (replication/modification of prior work).

Avoid accidental plagiarism through proper citation methods.

Check out these useful sites for additional information:

MLA 8th Edition

The JVL reference collection also has a copy of the MLA 8th edition style manual for researchers needing access to the previous edition.