When do I need to cite?
Common KnowledgeCommon knowledge needs no citation
What is it?
It is information commonly known by most people – this may depend on context. What is common knowledge at a medical conference or an engineering lecture might not be acceptable if you are writing for the general public.
Read more about it on the Owl Purdue site here.
Bottom line: if in doubt…cite
Where should sources be acknowledged?
There are 2 places to remember
In the body of the text where they are referred to. (Parenthetical citation)
On your ‘Works Cited’ page.
Online Citation Tools
What are they/where can I find them?
There are many online tools designed to help you with citation and referencing; however, you do still need to know what a correctly formatted citation in MLA should look like. These generators can sometimes create some strange-looking results – don’t trust them 100%.
Here are a few links, there are many more, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Just find one you like, and make sure you can store your references as you go.
Easybib: particularly good with MLA
Zotero: Another widely used system
Bibme: also OK – it helps if you can spot when a citation is not right though…
Cite this for me: will only store your citations for a week if you use the free version.
Noodle Tools: Often a good choice for unconventional sources