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ENGL 291: Introduction to Analytical and Rhetorical Writing (Kerkvliet)

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Cite Your Sources
Academic writing involves finding, evaluating, and using information resources.  When you use research, quotes, ideas, or data you have found in books, articles, web pages, etc. you need to cite the source of your information using a specific set of rules. For ENGL 291, your professor requires you to use MLA Citation Style.

Modern Language Association (MLA), 8th edition, 2016
MLA Formatting and Style Guide (OWL at Purdue)
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities, including English. This resource offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Avoiding plagiarism
Guidelines for Correct and Ethical Paraphasing (from "Plagiarizing and Academic Dishonesty")
  • Say what the original says but no more.
  • Do not use the same words.
  • Do not distort source’s meaning.
  • Paraphrase should be about as long as the original.
  • The sentence structure should NOT mirror the original.
  • Include citation for every paraphrase!
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Bennett, Laura. "Woe Is Twee." New Republic, vol. 243, no.16, 2012, pp. 24-27. Academic Search Premier.

Bergman, Shawn M., et al. "Millennials, Narcissism, And Social Networking: What Narcissists Do On Social Networking Sites And Why." Personality & Individual Differences, vol. 50, no. 5, 2011, pp. 706-711. Academic Search Premier.
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