Tag Archives: MLA

Finding Your Style: The Reasoning Behind Common Citation Styles

By Ellen Israel Deciding on a citation style can be overwhelming. There are so many to choose from, and to make things worse, each one comes with a complex set of rules and idiosyncrasies. It would be much easier if … Continue reading

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Citing Sources with the MLA Update

By Erin Goldin In early 2016, the Modern Language Association (MLA) updated their guidelines for documenting sources. Though they made small changes in a handful of places, the biggest difference is in how we write citations for the Works Cited … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Transition from High School to College Writing

By Jordan Dynes Imagine this: it’s your first day of college. You’re enjoying yourself and making tons of new friends. Then, on the very first day, your professor assigns an essay. You don’t sweat it because you aced all of … Continue reading

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In-Text Citation Styles

By Dawson Drake Citing sources is a crucial part of academic writing and serves the purpose of giving legitimacy to your argument. Different formatting styles grant us as writers a variety of ways to express our sources of information. The … Continue reading

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Providing Context: Making The Most of Sources

By Edwin Tran “Quotation, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.” This lonesome quote has the capacity to elicit a variety of responses. One might be shocked by the bluntness of the statement, while another might react … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Challenges of Referencing Sources within Other Sources

By Jann Harris One of the biggest mistakes we make as college writers is not differentiating between our source materials and their sources. We tend to think the writer of the text we are reading as authoring all the ideas contained … Continue reading

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Defining Signal Phrases with MLA Style

By: Jann Harris Signal phrases introduce materials from sources such as paraphrases, summaries and direct quotations. We use signal phrases to show ideas aren’t our own and instead belong to another scholar. This blog breaks down how to use signal … Continue reading

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