Whether you choose to quote, summarize, or paraphrase sources you use in your research paper, you must cite each one. For rules and examples in MLA 8th ed. style, look here:
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Documenting your sources is a necessity, which:
Note: These tips are from the MLA Handbook (8th ed.).
Each entry should include the following core elements, when known, which should be taken from the source's title page or the first page of a periodical article or webpage:
You may find that you need to combine several examples to fit what you are citing.
Book with two authors
Dorris, Michael, and Louise Erdrich. The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
Journal article, online or in database, doi (preferred over URL)
Chan, Evans. “Postmodernism and Hong Kong Cinema.” Postmodern Culture, vol. 10, no. 3, May 2000. Project Muse, doi:10.1353/pmc.2000.0021.
Journal article, online or in database, no doi, stable link if available or, if not, other available URL
Goldman, Anne. “Questions of Transport: Reading Primo Levi Reading Dante.” The Georgia Review, vol. 64, no. 1, 2010, pp. 69-88. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41403188.
Journal article, print
Baron, Naomi S. “Redefining Reading: The Impact of Digital Communication Media.” PMLA, vol. 128, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 193-200.
Holladay, Hillary. “Narrative Space in Ann Petry’s Country Place.”
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Linda Pavlovski and Scott
Darga, vol. 112, Gale, 2002, pp. 356-62. Literature Criticism Online,
published in Xavier Review, vol. 16, no. 1, 1996, pp. 21-35.