What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is simply using someone's work and not acknowledging or giving credit to the original author(s).
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Citing Primary Sources from a Document Reader or Handout
Citing from a Document Reader (Use MLA 8 rules for “Containers”):
In the text of your paper, you should use parenthetical in-text citations according to the MLA format. The parenthetical citation should include the name of the primary source author as well as the page number for the citation. If you do not know the name of the author, replace the author’s name with the title of the document.
A German soldier stationed on the Western Front wrote that war “blunts one’s feelings” and that emotional indifference was necessary in trench-warfare (Müller 68).
In your works cited, put the name of the primary source author and the primary source title first. After that, list the information for the book (“container”) in which the primary source was found, title first, then editor (s), etc.
The basic format is:
Last name of primary source author, first name. "Title of Primary Source." Title of Container.
Edited by editor’s name(s). Publisher, Year. Page range of entry.
Müller, Hugo. “Letter from a German Soldier on the Western Front.” The First World War: A Brief History with Documents. Edited by Susan Grayzel. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. 67-68.
Citing from a Handout:
(primary source author’s last name or short title pg. #)
For example: (DuBois 5) or (“Sergeant Henry Johnson’s Account” 3)
In the Works Cited:
Primary Source Author’s Name [last, first]. “Title of the Primary Source Being Cited.” African-Americans in World War I. World Civilization II: HIS 122. (Professor Sarah Cieglo.) Manchester Community College, Fall 2016.