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Citation Guide- MLA: Citation Basics

Essential information to become a successful "citer"

Citation Welcome

We use MLA at UWC CSC to demonstrate ethical use of information by citing our sources. Read below for more details.

Why Cite?

1. Differentiating between your words and ideas and those of others demonstrates that you are an ethical user of information....It also makes you look smarter and is very helpful to your reader. 

2. UWC CSC requires it.

3. IBO requires it.

4. All universities require it. 

Important Notes

Only cite ideas 

Facts and anything considered "Common knowledge" do not have to be cited. 

Every borrowed idea has two citations

The works cited reference and the in-text citation

Citing artifacts from a digital archive

Works Cited References

Tables do not need to be referenced in the works cited IF the complete reference information is provided with the table within the text. 

In-Text Citations

Citing self-translations

When using ideas and information written in a language other than that of the assignment please do the following:

  1. Within the text, self-translate the information and provide the original wording in a footnote. Use normal in-text citations.
  2. In the works cited:

Create a reference in the original language, AND

Write a brief summary in the language of submission (usually English) including a) title, b) author's name, c) focus of the work, and d) any other relevant details the reader should know.