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Wineberg - English 101 - Fall 2023: Citing and Plagiarism

Why Do We Cite?

Plagiarism is a major offense. It can result in you failing your assignment, or even worse, getting kicked out of college. This is why it is so important for you to have a works cited page at the end of your research paper. No matter where the text comes from, it must be documented accurately. As a reminder, for this assignment, your professor wants it done according to current MLA guidelines.

MLA 9 Citation Examples

You are responsible for the accuracy of citations on your Works Cited page. Double check database names, capitalization, formatting, etc. You want to capitalize on getting as many points as you can for your assignment, so you don’t want to lose "silly points" for something such as putting a period instead of a comma.

What is Plagiarism?


The WCC Academic Honesty Policy states: Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research, or writing as your own. 

Examples include:

  • Copying another person’s actual words without both the use of quotations and documentation
  • Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without documentation
  • Using information that is not considered common knowledge without acknowledging the source
  • Using a paper writing “service” or having a friend write the paper for you


Database Names

Many of the databases are provided through the EBSCO platform. EBSCO is not the name of a database. Look for the name above the search box to use in your citations.


The library provides access to NoodleTools, a reference management tool that helps generate accurate MLA and APA citations. It can also help you:

  • Cite, archive and evaluate sources.
  • Organize notes, quotations, and create an outline.
  • Get help with difficult citations.
  • Collaborate in real-time from anywhere.

NoodleTools can be accessed for free from on, or off campus.

Current students, faculty and staff may Activate Noodle Accounts (on campus only).

If you would like to activate Noodle Tools from an off-campus location, please email, chat with or visit the library in person to obtain your password.

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