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Managing Your Citations
A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
More Citation Management Tools
A list of citation management tools supported by FSU Libraries.
Why We Cite
There are plenty of reasons to use proper citations in your research. Here are just a few:
- Give credit where credit is due. (It's the right thing to do.)
- Enhance the credibility of your argument with supporting evidence.
- Point out the dialog you are having with other scholars and their ideas.
- Provide your reader with additional sources for further reading.
- Avoid plagiarism: unfairly taking personal credit for other authors' ideas.
MLA Handbook (2016)
Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2016
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
The Modern Language Association, the authority on research and writing, takes a fresh look at documenting sources in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. Works are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book--or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. Previous editions of the MLA Handbookprovided separate instructions for each format, and additional instructions were required for new formats. In this groundbreaking new edition of its best-selling handbook, the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any type of source. Shorter and redesigned for easy use, the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook guides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It then shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list. More than just a new edition, this is a new MLA style.
Citing sources properly is an essential component of sound research practice. The following resources can facilitate the process: