Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

EGL 102 - Janet Nogowski - Fall 2021

This guide is to support students in EGL 102-C11 and EGL 102-OC8 in their work on Paper #3.

What is a Citation?

A citation is reliable way to lead your reader back to the materials you used in your research.

A citation gives credit to an author for their research, writings and ideas.

Most citations include information such as

  • author's name,
  • title of the book, article or website, 
  • name of the magazine or journal, 
  • date published or updated
  • if the information was found in print or online

When you use citations you are

  • giving credit to the authors of material you used,
  • avoiding plagiarism,
  • showing that you know how to use information well,
  • creating credibility for your paper by providing good quality sources and good quality citations for them.

Video: The Citation (2:18)

Selleck, Caity. (2014). The Citation [Video]. https://vimeo.com/91558093

Examples of MLA Citations and Sample Works Cited Page - 8th Edition

Generating Citations

Most of our databases will generate citations for you.

They are usually good citations, but occasionally they make mistakes, so please double check your citations using the MLA handbook or a respected site such as the Online Writing Lab (OWL).