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Literature Resources: Citation Help

Literature Resources at Union College Libraries

Citing Sources

Be sure to cite your sources.

Failure to cite someone else's ideas is considered plagairism.

Cite direct quote and when you put someone else’s idea in your own words.

MLA Citation Format

MLA is the common citation style for Literature:

The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.- provided by the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

MLA 9th edition Style Guide (Valencia College)

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

Evaluating Resources

Use the CRAPP Test

  • Currency: When was the information published? Is it up to date?
  • Relevance: Is the information what you are really looking for? Who is the material written for: academics, professionals, students, or the general public?
  • Authority: Who published, wrote, or edited the information? Is the author an expert on the topic?
  • Accuracy: Is the information reliable and accurate? Do other sources verify this information?
  • Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? Is it biased to one point of view?

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