Documenting your sources is a necessity, which:
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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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.
Dorris, Michael, and Louise Erdrich. The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
Chan, Evans. “Postmodernism and Hong Kong Cinema.” Postmodern Culture, vol. 10, no. 3, May 2000. Project Muse, doi:10.1353/pmc.2000.0021.
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.
Baron, Naomi S. “Redefining Reading: The Impact of Digital Communication Media.” PMLA, vol. 128, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 193-200.
Brieger, Brian. “Lecture 3: Recruitment and Involvement of Trainees.” Management 320 course. 28 Jan. 2014, U of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Address.
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.
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