The Modern Language Association (MLA) has specific guidelines for the formatting, layout and citation of resources in academic papers. The following links provide citation guidance.
MLA Style Guides
General Writing Resources
For more Information please see a reference librarian and/or The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition.
Style guides, like the MLA and APA, explain how you should format your written work and how you should cite your references.
Citations are important because they:
What sources need to be cited?
Any time you quote or paraphrase the ideas of another, you should provide a citation.
You do not need to cite things which are common knowledge ("there are seven days in a week" or "the sky is blue") or your own opinion, but you DO need to provide citations for the facts and opinions you borrow from others.
Online documents make it very easy to cut and paste information without thinking and without giving proper credit. Make sure you understand how to cite your sources.
Scope: Determining what is plagiarism and why academic honesty is important in research. Recognizing and avoiding the dangers of plagiarism and the importance of citing properly.