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E. Russell Hicks Middle LibGuide


Unless told otherwise, E Russell Hicks uses the MLA style as a source documentation style.  

What is MLA Style? The Modern Language Association (MLA) developed a style guide for academic writing. Part of the style guide deals with standardized ways to document the writer’s source materials. MLA provides guidelines for the creation of a bibliography (called a “Works Cited” page) and the corresponding parenthetical (within the text) citation.

Why is it important that I cite sources? As a writer, it is your responsibility to give proper credit to your sources. It is also very important that you give this credit in accordance with MLA style. If you fail to give proper credit to a source, you have committed plagiarism.

What is plagiarism? If you have not given proper credit to your sources, you have committed plagiarism. Essentially, it is like you are lying to your reader. You have used someone else’s ideas without telling your reader where you took it from. Whether you have intentionally tried to pass off someone else’s ideas as your own or, through careless research, you unintentionally “forgot” to cite a source, the charge is plagiarism.

How can I avoid plagiarism? Basically, any idea or fact that you received from a source needs to be cited. Any idea or fact that is common knowledge does not need to be cited. For example, facts like the earth rotates around the sun or Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while in office are common knowledge and would not have to be cited.