Whenever you write a paper, you draw from existing sources of information. It is important to acknowledge those sources when you write your own paper. But how exactly do you write an acknowledgement of a source you incorporated into your paper? What does a source citation look like?
The following guide can help you write citations in the Modern Languages Association (MLA) style. (And yes, the MLA style is used by many different disciplines, not just linguistics).
Citations consist of two elements:
See Chapters 5 and 6 of the MLA Handbook for details on formatting and citation style.
This guide offers examples of the major types of media which are frequently cited in bibliographies. You shouled be aware, however, that the MLA Handbook offers examples of how to cite other media formats beyond those described here. Sections 5.7.4 through 5.7.17 of the Handbook offer examples of the following types of work:
Between 2008 and 2009 the APA published updated editions of its Style Manual and Handbook. These revised editions embody changes to multiple different citation formats -- citations for Internet-based media in particular, but other formats as well. Please see the link below for the Meriam Library's guide to these changes.
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