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Avoiding Plagiarism: Using Correct Citations

How to Identify & Avoid Plagiarism

How to Cite

Citing Without Quotes

How to Cite Sources

How To Cite Your Sources

First, you'll need to determine which CITATION STYLE your teacher prefers.  The most common style, MLA, is what we usually use at MBA.  There are also APA, Chicago, Turabian, and other styles not as widely used in high school.

Next, you'll need to determine both IN TEXT and END OF TEXT citations.

In Text Citations

These include the citations placed after direct quotations, paraphrases, facts, and the like.  Usually, they are placed in parentheses with the name of the source's author,  the page number where the content appears in the source, and possibly the name of the original source if the author has more than one entry on the Works Cited page.  See the guides below for examples.

End of Text Citations

These include Works Cited pages, Bibliographies, Endnotes, Footnotes, and the like.  Again, how you format these citations depends on your citation style.  See the guides below for examples.

Citation Tools

Finally, you can use citation tools or generators to create citations, particularly for end of text citations.  With these tools, you simply enter the basic information about the source (title, author, publication date, etc.) into a form, click a button, and a citation is created for you to copy and paste!

NoodleTools: the Best Place to Start

Why use NoodleTools?  Everything you create is available to you 24/7 in a digital format from any computer with internet access. 

  • CITATIONS: in MLA format; cut and paste option to use existing citation with quick cite; print/export bibliography
  • NOTECARDS:  all of your information in one place and organized; take notes, embed video and other files; attach to your outline; print notecards if needed
  • OUTLINE: attach notecards here and write directly from the outline
  • RESEARCH PAPER:   total integration with GoogleDocs; archive and annotate documents

Other features:

  • If working on a group project,you see each other's notecards and citations.
  • Your teacher may view and comment on citations, notecards, and the research paper.

How to Access NoodleTools through Google Apps

If not accessing the NoodleTools app through your school gmail account,  use this link:


If using the NoodleTools app, click below for instructions:

Other MLA Assistance If Not Using NoodleTools

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.