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MLA Style Guide for Upper School  

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Plagiarism Information

Why cite your sources?

  • Helps you avoid plagiarism
  • Allows the reader to locate your sources.
  • Provides evidence for your arguments.
  • Protects the intellectual property of the originator of the work.

What to cite...

  • Anything that you read in any format like books, journal articles, web pages, etc.
  • Anything that is presented or spoken like speeches, lectures, personal interviews, performances, etc.
  • Other works like films, songs, dramatic performances, etc. that are the intellectual property of someone else.

You don't need to cite what would be considered common knowledge, such as facts, events, concepts, etc. that are widely known and accepted as true.

Majority of the information in this section is borrowed from "Bruin Success with Less Stress" found on the UCLA Library's website


The Pennington School community is based upon principles of honor, respect, and trust among students, faculty, and staff. As a member of that community I pledge that I will act with honor in all areas of my life and in every choice I make:

Studying with integrity and fostering an atmosphere of learning.

Leading a life of principle in my athletic, artistic, and social endeavors.

Inspiring others to do the same through example and encouragement.

As a Pennington student I represent the School, and I commit myself to living by the principles of this Honor Code in my academic work, my extracurricular activities, my social relationships, and my conduct in the community at large.


From page 7 in the  2016 - 17 Student | Parent Handbook


Basic Style Guide

At The Pennington School, we use MLA Style as the common format for crediting sources and formatting all written papers and assignments. If a teacher does not specify otherwise, all papers from all departments will use MLA Style. Any other requirements for specific projects or papers will be presented by the individual teacher.

NoodleTools provides an integrated system for note-taking, outlining, citation, research, and writing. Students should use NoodleTools to format their "Works Cited" page unless otherwise instructed by their teacher. Upper School students should select the "Advanced" citation level when creating projects.

MLA List of Works Cited (Research & Documentation Online)


In-Text Citations

MLA requires parenthetical in-text citations; the formatting depends on the type of the source. Your parenthetical citations will match the articles included in your Works Cited page. NoodleTools will provide the correct in-text citation format with your completed entry.

Basic Guidelines:

The “easy” rule:
  • Put the (in-text) citation after your quote or paraphrase. Enclose it in (parenthesis). Put the author’s last name inside, along with a page number.     (Alito 19).
The “exceptions” to the rule:
  • If there is no author, put part of the title (abbreviate title to 3 words) along with a page number.     (“Impact of Censorship” 144).
  • If there is no page number (like a website) put just the author.     (Alito). 
  • If you mention the author before or after the quote just put in the page number.     According to Alito, ……. (19).

  For a more complete explanation, click on the document below taken from the NoodleTools “Help” section.


MLA In-Text Citations (Research & Documentation Online)


Citing Images (NoodleTools)


Citing Primary Sources (Bard College at Simon's Rock)

Please click on image.


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