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What is Digital Literacy?

"The ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet." -- Cornell University.

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What is Plagiarism?

Works Cited Document Example: MLA 8 Style

Why and When you Need to Cite your Sources

“Cite Your Sources: When / Why to Cite,” director. The University of Guelph McLaughlin Library, 17 Dec. 2013,

Do Not Plagiarize

When in doubt, ask. Below is an example of asking to use a copyrighted work via email. The process was simple, and permission was granted. 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 8:53 PM, Julie Cote wrote:

Dear Bill and Gene,

I am a school librarian from NH. I am working on a LibGuide for the students to access regarding plagiarism and the importance of citing resources. I am seeking permission to use the comic below on the LibGuide which will be linked to our school Website. If permission is granted, I will make sure that I put that information below the comic. Please contact me if you have any questions. Boy do I love the library laughs. Thank you!


Julie Cote


Absolutely! You have our permission to use the strip in the manner you described. Please make sure that it is not altered in any way and that the logo, writing credits, and URL are all intact. If possible, please add that the strip was "used with permission." 

Thank you for checking with us first!


Core Elements to include in your MLA 8 Edition Citation 

In this order, with this punctuation:

 Every line AFTER the 1st line is indented (hanging indent) 5 spaces

This is for any type of source

Omit any element that does not pertain to your source


"Title of Source."

Title of Container, 

Volume (vol.),

Number (no.),


Publication date,

Location (URL).

Remember these simple rules:

  • Be consistent
  • Consider what you or others need to know to get back to the source(s)
  •  Every line AFTER the 1st line is indented (hanging indent) 5 spaces


Always Cite Your Sources

To be a responsible researcher, you must give credit to your source of information in a citation and then put it into your works cited document.

citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information, or image. A citation typically includes enough identifying information, such as the author, title, and publication format, for a reader to be able to access the original source.


Why Cite?

  • Give Credit to the Author or Creator
  • Locate Sources
  • Avoid Plagiarism
  • Stay Organized

How to Search for a Reliable Website

Oregon School Library Information System


Oregon School Library Information System


Why Cite?

  • Give credit to the author or creator/give credit where credit is due
  • So you can get back to your source(s)
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Stay organized

Cite as you go! Format after!