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ENGL 3361 (Dr. MacDonald): American Literature after 1865

Why Cite?

Using someone else's words or ideas without giving them credit is called plagiarism. Avoid plagiarism by learning to correctly cite your sources any time you borrow from someone else. The Student Handbook: Categories of Academic Dishonesty outlines how plagiarism is defined at WT.

What is Style?

Writing styles are sets of standards for:

  • How to format a paper: font, margins, structure
  • How to structure citations, both within the text and for the list of sources at the end of the paper
  • The way a paper will be written: grammar, word usage, etc.
  • What counts as evidence in a discipline

Ask your professor what style you should be using! Use the resources bellow for more information.

MLA Style

MLA Style is used primarily in the Modern Language, English, and similar disciplines.

Use the following links from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) to format your:

  1. MLA Paper
  2. Works Cited
  3. MLA In-text Citations

Additionally, the library has a print copy of the MLA manual. See below for further information on finding a copy:

If you need help, contact the writing center or