Documenting Sources: Documenting sources is a hallmark of academic discourse. Not only does documentation acknowledge the sources you've drawn on to make your argument, it also builds credibility for your argument. It does so, first, by invoking the authority of the sources you've used. It also provides a means of positioning yourself within the community of authors to whom you are appealing. That is, it provides information to your readers about which perspectives and positions you align yourself with and which you oppose.
Citations should conform to the Modern Language Association style guide for print sources and to the Janice Walker/ACW style guide for online sources. You can read summaries of these styles in the PHG. You can also read more about documentation by clicking on the links below:
MLA Documentation for Print Documents
Janice Walker/ACW MLA-Style Guide for Online Documents