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Media Resource Center: Citations / Credit Sources

Why Cite?

 Why Use Citations? 

When incorporating another's ideas or creation into your work, citations are needed to give proper credit to the authors or creators of the resources you utilized, credibility to your own work and others information to locate your sources if they want to know more.

MLA Resources

Use the MLA Works Cited Quick Guide

MLA Practice Template Sheet

Interactive Practice Template

See examples at MLA Works-Cited-List Entries by Format

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When to Use Parenthetical Citations

  •  you use a direct quote from a source - also include quotation marks.
  •  you paraphrase a sentence(s) from a source - paraphrasing is putting another's ideas into your own words and sentence structure.
  •  you use an idea that is not common knowledge.


When in doubt, cite it!



In NoodleTools, use the ISBN# of a book (found on the copyright page) to lookup the citation for a book source.

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Purdue Owl - Online Citation Help

Works-Cited-List Entries for Religious Documents

Citing the Bible

Ask the MLA How do I cite the Bible?

Works-Cited-List sample entry for a printed Bible

The Catholic Youth Bible: New American Bible, Revised Edition. 4th ed., Winona,
     Saint Mary's Press, 2018.

If using NoodleTools for a printed Bible, enter the book's isbn# (located at the front of the book).

Seminary Guide to Academic Papers & Citations - page 12 provides samples for citations including:

Biblical references are not footnoted but placed in parentheses after the quotation. The edition of the Bible must be indicated by its italicized abbreviation following the reference to the Biblical book, chapter number, and verse number. If the same edition is used throughout the paper, you need give the edition only in the first citation. If more than one edition is used, give the edition with each reference. Sample: (1 Tim 3:12 NAB)

Encyclical Letters

How do you cite an encyclical letter from the MLA Style Center