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About Citations and MLA Style

What is a citation? 

A citation tells a reader where we got information, facts, or ideas that are not our own. When we paraphrase or use direct quotes, we use a short in-text citation at the end of the quote or paraphrased text. At the end of the essay, paper, or presentation, we give a list of detailed information about each work cited so that others can locate the original sources. This is called a Works Cited Page. 

What is a citation style?

A citation style is a standardized way of providing citations. It make it easier for the writer and the reader because everyone knows what information about a source is given and where to look for it. 

What is MLA?

MLA Style is the essay and research paper style created by the Modern Language Association. It is the citation style used by all students and teachers at BMS Secondary School. 


Why Cite?


Do I need a citation?


Your Citation is Your Source's Address

Your citation is Your Source's Address - Did you know that your teachers will look at your citations to see if you used reliable sources?  Sometimes they will even look up the sources you use to see if you really understand and incorporate the information from that article. When they do that, they will use your citation to find the article, website, or book you used. Your citation will lead them to your information source. 

Your Works Cited is Your Paper's Resume

Your Works Cited Page is Your Paper's Resume - Did you know that your teachers will often look at your works cited first to form an opinion about your paper? Did your information come from reliable sources? Is your information current and without bias or an agenda? OR, did your information come from user-generated sites like Wikipedia or Remember, if you are writing an academic paper, your bibliography should reflect that. 

In-text Citations: Directions to your Sources


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