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COMM 1110 (eClass 21434) COMM 1100 (Web 21415) - Reiter - Spring 2021: Citations

Why Cite?

Proper citation of sources is important because it:

  • gives credit where credit is due - you may not take credit for others thoughts
  • strengthens your argument - using the works of others (especially experts) gives credibility to your argument
  • is a part of a larger conversation of sharing knowledge

Argumentative Essay Thesis

Excelsior OWL provides some helpful information on developing a thesis for your argumentative essay (


"Basic guidelines to keep in mind when it comes to an argumentative thesis statement.

  • Your thesis statement should be one to two sentences.
  • Your thesis statement should clearly present the main idea of your essay and make some kind of assertion (even if that assertion is about bringing two sides together).
  • Your thesis should not make an “announcement” about what your essay will cover. Instead, it should just present your assertion."

MLA Resources and Practice

Information on understanding the Core Elements, Container Concept, and a Practice Template and Examples.

MLA Citation Style

Want a free, comprehensive resource for how to format your paper, how to complete in-text citations, and how to properly cite resources on the Works Cited page?


Click to go the Excelsior OWL ( 


MLA Journal Article Citations in Databases

When you find an article you want to use in your assignment, look for the "cite" or "citation" button in the database article record and find the MLA citation. Howeveryou cannot just copy and paste this citation into your reference page. You will need to compare the citation from the database to a sample MLA citation for a journal article to make sure the database citation is formatted properly.

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