There are many reasons to cite your sources including to:
What you don't know CAN hurt you!
Cite a source when you:
NOTE: Do not cite a source when you are using what is considered "common knowledge," such as a date in history, basic biographical facts about a prominent person, or other well known facts (e.g. there are 12 months in a year, the planets revolve around the sun, the American Civil War began on April 12, 1861). If the facts are in dispute, it is best to cite sources.
The essential parts of MLA citation style are the works cited list and in-text citations. These two components work together to allow readers to find the exact sources used by the writer, as well as where in the paper these sources were used.
The works cited list is the master list of all sources used. It is located after the paper body. Each source has its own entry on the list and is formatted according to MLA's style. For example, here is a citation for an article from a magazine:
Williams, Joseph P. “Fighting Food Insecurity on College Campuses.” U.S. News - The Civic Report, Feb. 2019, pp. 12–15. EBSCOhost, search-ebscohost-com.libdb.dccc.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=134613507&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Citations for this article found in the body of the paper are linked back to the exact entry for the source appearing on the works cited list. These citations use the least information possible about the source in order to make an accurate match. For example, when information from the above source is used in the body of the paper an embedded citation is included:
Research has shown that students at community colleges and trade schools are more likely to experience food insecurity compared to students at other types of higher education institutions (Williams 13).
MLA identifies several core elements that should be included in each citation, when available such as author, title, and publication date.
The template itself may contain:
For more information see the template below. Or refer to section 5.1 and Appendix 2 of the MLA Handbook.