Allow your readers to find further information on your topic
Build the authority of your argument with ideas from numerous sources
Be a responsible researcher and avoid plagiarism
What needs to be Cited
Any time you write something that did not 100% come from your own brain, you need to site where you got the information. This means you will include a citation anytime you use some else's words or idea in your own work. Including:
Direct quotes- full sentences or phrases expressing an idea
Paraphrases- when you put someone's ideas into your own words (do not use quotations)
Words or terminology specifically related to the author's ideas
An author's line of argument or point of view
Historical, statistical, or scientific facts.
Graphs, drawings, or images.
You do not need to document:
Proverbs, axioms, or well know phrases.
If you are not sure, it is better to over cite and under cite.
MLA 8th Edition
The new edition of MLA citation style was designed to simplify the process of citing your sources. Now, for every source type will follow the same general format, that requires the same core elements in the same order.