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Citations & Style Guides

What is plagarism and how do I avoid it?

Plagiarism: the process or practice of using another person's ideas or work and pretending that it is your own.  Plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional, can have serious academic consequences.  Therefore, it is important that you understand how to conduct research and cite your sources to avoid inadvertently committing plagiarism.

For more information, visit the following pages from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Plagiarism

Best Practices to Avoid Plagiarism

"Should I Cite This" Classroom Poster

What are style guides and what do they have to do with citations?

Style guides include rules for citations, but also include rules and guidelines for writing documents in each style.  This includes rules about fonts, formatting, and even grammar and language use.

For a detailed explanation, follow the link below:

Purdue OWL: Style Guide Overview

Style Guide: MLA (Modern Language Association)


MLA style is most commonly used to cite sources within the language arts, cultural studies, and other humanities disciplines. 

MLA Citation Guides:

U of A MLA Citation Guides

GPRC MLA Citation Guides

MLA Formatting and Style Guide:

Find instructions regarding formatting your document, how to use in-text citations, formatting quotations, using endnotes and footnotes, and formatting your works cited page.

Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide.


Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated bibliographies includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.  Depending on your assignment, your teacher may be asked to do one or more of the following in your annotation: summarize, assess or reflect.

Purdue OWL: Annotated Bibliographies