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ENG 102/105/108, First-Year Composition

A step-by-step guide to finding sources for ENG102, 105 or 108 research papers.

Citing Your Sources: How

Check the Citing Sources LibGuide for explanations and examples for most citation styles, including MLA, APA , etc.

Use this handout to help you write your Works Cited page in MLA 8th edition format. It provides examples of the types of sources you'll be using in this course.

Citing Your Sources: Why & Where

 

Why should you cite your sources? 

1. To give credit to the original author when you directly quote someone else's words, or paraphrase their ideas, within the text of your paper.

2. Your statements are more credible when you back them up with authoritative sources.

3. To allow readers to easily locate the sources you used by providing a Works Cited page.


 

 

Where should you cite your sources?

1. Within the text of your paper, in parentheses after you quote or paraphrase a source. Include author's last name and the page number (if given).

  • Example: Fifty percent of the freshmen at ASU are citing their sources correctly (Jones 9).

2. In the Works Cited list at the end of your paper. Include complete information about the source.

  • Example: Jones, Jennifer. "Citing Sources is Important."  State Press 10 June 2009: pp.8-9. 

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