Modern Languages: Citing Sources

When information is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized, the source of that information must be documented - cited and referenced. Should you fail to document your sources you be plagiarizing. To help you avoid plagiarism, the library has prepared a tutorial and quiz.

Various standards have been created for citing sources, including APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), and Chicago formats. Please note that standards for citing electronic information are still evolving, and many print and electronic style guides may appear to be inconsistent in their instructions.

Your professor may have specified which format you should follow; if not, choose one style to follow, and use that style consistently throughout your paper.

MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing.
A copy is available in Reference and another copy is available at the Information Desk - PN147.G444 2008 

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.)
Developed by the Modern Language Association of America, this is the preferred documentation style in languages and literature, as well as some other disciplines in the humanities.
A copy is available in Reference and another copy is available at the Information Desk - LB2369.G53 2009

MLA Formatting & Style Guide (The Owl at Purdue)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

MLA Citation Style (Cornell University Library)
http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla

MLA Style Documenting Sources from the World Wide Web
http://www.mla.org/publications/style/style_faq/style_faq4

APA Style Guide to Electronic References
E-Book

Chicago Manual of Style -- 16th ed.
REF: Z253.C54 2010 (also copy at Information Desk)

Electronic Styles: A Handbook for Citing Electronic Information
Robertson Library - Information Desk

Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles - MLA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More
E-Book

Note: RefWorks is a web-based reference management tool which you can use to create and format bibliographies using various citation styles. EBSCOhost databases (for example the International MLA Bibliography is on the EBSCOhost platform) can export citations into RefWorks.