Citing your sources is required! It is also beneficial in several ways:
If you are an English major, most of your classes will use MLA citation style.
Here are a few tips...
There are many brief MLA guides out there, but the MLA Handbook contains the complete rules. It is useful to consult for several reasons:
I'd recommend buying your own copy (it is very inexpensive), but the Library also has one, located at:
Reference Level 3 LB 2369 .G53 2016
Hall, Mark F. "The Theory and Practice of Alliterative Verse in the Work of J. R. R. Tolkien." Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, vol. 25, no. 1-2, 2006, pp. 41-52.
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Fall of Arthur, edited by Christopher Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin, 2013.
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. "The Lay of the Children of Húrin." The Lays of Beleriand, edited by Christopher Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin, 1985, pp. 1-125.
I strongly recommend becoming familiar with MLA style; this can help you read citations to identify what kind of work you're looking at quickly. However, when it comes to formatting your Works Cited, citation managers can save you a lot of time. Here are the two I'd recommend: