Using Sources Correctly

Proofreading Your Work with Sources

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Here are a couple of reminders for polishing your work with MLA and sources:

  1. Every written source mentioned in your paper must also be listed on Works Cited. (As we’ve discussed, images do not need to be listed on Works Cited but should be acknowledged in the paper.)
  2. Anything listed on Works Cited must also appear in your paper. When proofreading, cross-check your in-paper sources and your Works Cited to make sure they match.

Check carefully to be sure each of these is correct and complete:

  • Capitalization of titles
  • Use of italics and quotation marks
  • Use of punctuation (periods and commas)


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