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Evaluating Sources

Consider these criteria to determine if your sources are reputable:

AuthorWho produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?

AccuracyDoes the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources? How does the information compare to other sources you have found?

Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?

For more tips and guidelines, see:



About MLA

MLA citation style is most frequently used in the humanities (literature, languages, art). The MLA Handbook was first published by the Modern Language Association in 1951.

MLA style relies on parenthetical citations (author, page number) for material that is quoted, summarized or paraphrased in the text of a paper. The sources referenced in parenthetical citations are compiled at the end of the paper as a Works Cited list.


Style Manual

Consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers as the definitive source for MLA citation rules.

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition) - Modern Language Association of America
Call Number: Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference LB2369 .G53 2009 (Lib Use Only)
ISBN: 1603290249
A copy is available for regular loan: Shields Library LB2369 .G53 2009.
See also: Frequently Asked Questions About the MLA Handbook

Recommended Guide

Visit these reputable websites for examples of MLA style citations:


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