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Citation Guide- MLA: Different Ways to Use Sources

Essential information to become a successful "citer"

Summary, Paraphrase or Quote?

Lauren’s the Write Way. Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing. 2016. YouTube, Accessed on 11/4/2021

Identify the forms of citation used for the following passage:


Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Many a man believes himself to be the master of others who is no less than they, a slave. How did this change take place? I do not know. What can make it legitimate? To this question I hope to be able to furnish an answer.

1. In an essay examining the relationship of humanity and society, Rousseau asserts that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains” (Rousseau 57).

a) Paraphrase                      b) Quotation                        c) Summary

2. Rousseau suggests that, although they come into the world uninhibited, human beings find themselves universally oppressed. (Rousseau 57)

a) Paraphrase                      b) Quotation                         c) Summary

3. In his essay, “The Origin of Civil Society,” Rousseau questions his observations of humanity, which indicate that a person’s free nature and his or her actual social status are in conflict.

a) Paraphrase                     b) Quotation                         c) Summary