Citing Formatting


Whenever you use someone else's ideas or words, you must cite the source. If you do not cite the source, you are implying that you came up with those ideas or words yourself, and that is lying, stealing, and cheating. You wouldn't steal a car, would you? Don't steal an idea. Additionally, cheating by presenting someone else's ideas as your own (plagiarism) will result in a zero on the assignment in which it occurred. Sad face. :(

For English class, you will be using MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Other classes may ask you to use other formats.

Key point: Every sentence from another source, whether you are paraphrasing the author's ideas in your own words or directly quoting their words, must be cited.

The simplest way to cite is by putting the author's last name and the page number where you found the info in parenthesis at the end of the sentence before the period.


The format of your document should also follow MLA style. Find more information on the Purdue OWL's "MLA Formatting and Style Guide."

Please use 12pt. Times New Roman font. Double space all text except for the heading on the upper left corner of the first page. Document margins should all be 1". The header should be aligned with the right side of your essay and should include your last name, the page number, and the number of pages in the document.

The top of your essay should look like this (no cover page):

YourFirstName LastName
Class Name, Period
Assignment Name

Clever Title That Makes One Want to Continue Reading
Your first paragraph should be indented and only separated from the title by double spacing, not by hitting enter. Ditto for other body paragraphs following the first one.

Works Cited

For this class, please put the Works Cited at the bottom of your essay, not on a separate sheet or in a separate file. You can find information about how to format your citations and what information needs to be included for different types of sources at the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Essays written for this class must be submitted to in order to earn a score. Each class has its own Class ID and password, which you will need before you can submit an essay. You can usually find this information on the class webpage if you did not write it down when it was given in class.
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Works Consulted
The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2010. Web. 3 March 2012.