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Writing Center: Did I Just Plagairize?!

MLA Citations

Common in-text Citations

Print source, 1 author: After the quote list the author's last name and the page number in parentheses.  If you include the author's last name in the sentence, just put the page numbers in the parentheses.

Web source, 1 author: After the quote put the author's last name only in parentheses unless it is used in the sentence.

No author: After the quote, put the title of the source and the page number in the parentheses with quotation marks around the title only.

Common Works Cited Citations

Books:  Author Names. Book Title. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of publication. Medium of publication.

Print Periodicals:  Author's Names. "Title of Article." Journal/Publication Name. volume.issue (year of publication): page numbers. Medium.

Websites: Author Names. "Title of Web Page." Title of Website. Name of site provider. Date of update or publication. Medium. Date of access.


Note: If the citation is two or more lines,  all the lines after the first one should be indented by five spaces. This applies to ALL citations, not just books.

Knowing When to Cite

Plagiarism can be a confusing thing.  Most students who are caught plagiarizing do not even know they are doing it!  A lot of the time it is just forgetting to cite the sources properly.  Here is a list of the most common instances when your sources need to be cited:

  • Using a direct quote from another author
  • Paraphrasing another author's words
  • Stating ideas or statistics by another author

Another great resource to use is the Student's Guide to Plagiarism and Copyright. If you are ever unsure about whether or not to cite a source, ask your professor or writing tutor.

Subject Guide

APA Citations

Common in-text Citations:

Direct Quote: After the direct quote, put in the author's last name, the year or publication, and the page numbers in parentheses and seperated by commas.

Paraphrasing: If the author's name is listed in the paraphrase, put the year of publication in parentheses immediately after it. If the author's name is not listed, put the last name and publication year in parentheses after the paraphrase.

No Author: If the work you are citing has no author, put the title of the work and the year of publication in parentheses.  The title should have quotation marks around it.

Web Source: To cite a source found on the internet, put the web address in parentheses after the citation.

Common References List Citations

Books: Author Last name, First, Middle. (Year of Publication). Book Title: Subtitle. City, State: Publisher.

Print Periodicals: Author Last name, First, Middle. (Year of Publication). Article Title: Subtitle. Periodical Title, Volume(issue), page numbers.

How about adding information for websites as you have for MLA?