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English 103 Course Guide: Writing & Citing

This guide supports the English 103 course with information on use of library search tools and resources, as well as providing guidance for MLA formating.

MLA Citation Guide

MLA 8th Style Guides Online

MLA 8th Edition Sample Paper

Sample paper by Purdue OWL

Creating Computer Generated Citations

Formatting Book Citations:

  • Use Library OneSearch to identify the book you want to cite.  Click on the Cite link to the right of the book record page.  Note that computer generated citations are not always perfect.  Have a formatting guide (as above) available to check on the accuracy of the formatting.

  • Search for the book in Worldcat ( On the book record page, click on 'Cite/Export' to the right above the book information.  Note that you will need to double check the formatting according to the citation style guide.

Formatting Article Citations:

  • In any EBSCO database, if you click on an article title in your result list, the Cite link on the right will get you the citation of the article in different citation formats. See screenshot above.
  • While not always reliable, you can look up your article title (use quotation marks around it) in Google Scholar, then click on the Cite link below the article entry (it's a quotation marks symbol).


If you are using EndNote to manage your references, see our EndNote Guide.  See the Downloads tab for information on downloading to EndNote from various databases.


 Avoiding Plagiarism (video presentation)

Here's a link to a brief Prezi presentation:

And a link to a more detailed slide presentation:

Ten Types of Plagiarism:

Download a handy one-page PDF summary of the infographic above from:

Summary, Quote, and Paraphrase

Summary, Quote, and Paraphrase guide by TWU Learning Commons