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English 220: Introduction to Writing about Literature (all sections)

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

The below video from the North Carolina State University Libraries explains the basics of citation: what it is and why we do it.

Integrating Your Sources

The following handouts and online tutorials address how to integrate sources into your writing & how to avoid plagiarism:

MLA Formatting and Citation Style

Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab) provides an extremely detailed online guide to formatting and citation according to the MLA Handbook (8th. ed.).


Hunter's Rockowitz Writing Center provides handouts on documenting sources and formatting your paper according to several standards, including MLA (8th ed.).

Check the RWC workshop schedule for in-person workshops on citation and documentation.


The Norton Write Site also provides an online MLA formatting guide.


You can consult a copy of the MLA Handbook (8th ed., 2016) at Cooperman Library. There is 1 copy on Reserve (it may be checked out from the Circulation/Reserves Desk for 2 hours at a time, for use in the library only), and there are 2 copies available for short-term use at the Welcome Desk (just inside the entrance on the 3rd floor).