Educator Resources for Citing Sources

Just when you think you're done with your report, it hits you like a ton of books—the bibliography! Figuring out how to list your sources may seem confusing, but it's an important step in the research paper process. It helps you avoid plagiarism by giving credit to the authors who helped shape your work. Plus, it shows readers where to go to learn more about the subject! While citations look different depending on the set of guidelines you use, most teachers and schools prefer MLA. Lucky for you, MLA citations follow the same format—whether it’s a book, magazine article, website, video, or any other type of source. The elements are listed in the same order, from author name to year of publication and everything in between. So whether you have trouble telling versions from volumes or can't remember where to indent or when to italicize, this movie is the source for you!