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ENG 111

A guide to library based research for students in English 111 courses at Central Carolina Community College.

Citing Sources

What are Citations, and why do we need them?

quotation marks iconA citation is your way of telling readers how to find the information, data, opinions, and quotes upon which you based your paper. It gives your readers the information they need to locate the sources you used as evidence to back up your arguments, or the exact texts that you analyzed. 

A citation includes:

  • The Author's names 
  • The title of the work
  • Dates of publication
  • Information about the Publishing Body
  • the date your copy was published
  • Relevant information about location such as page numbers, and volume and issue numbers for articles from periodical publications

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We can also direct you to resources outside of the library's databases. See below for a selection of websites related to your field.

What is MLA Style?

quill iconMLA stands for Modern Language Association. MLA style was created by this USA professional association for scholars of language and literature to teach scholars how to prepare their manuscripts for publication. Some fields that use it include: language arts, cultural studies, and other humanities disciplines.

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CSUDH (California State University at Dominquez Hills) Library. "Introduction to Citation Styles: MLA 9th ed." YouTube, 9 July 2020,