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Comparative Literature Research Guide

Associate Librarian for Subject Specialists and Scholarly Communication

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Nancy Foasberg
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Why cite?

Citing your sources is required! It is also beneficial in several ways:

  • Ethically: It helps you distinguish between your ideas and those of your sources
  • Collegially: Others can look up the sources you used to get more information about your subjects
  • Rhetorically:  It proves that you are up-to-date with what people are saying. This makes you look more knowledgeable. 

If you are a Comparative Literature major, most of your classes will use MLA citation style.

Here are a few tips...

Finding Citation Information

MLA Handbook

There are many brief MLA guides out there, but the MLA Handbook contains the complete rules.  It is useful to consult for several reasons:

  • It explains the reasons behind the rules. These are important for resolving ambiguity.
  • It covers special cases that may be excluded from brief guides.
  • It provides enough information to allow you to cobble together your own rules when there isn't an exact rule for what you want to do.
  • The examples are fantastic.

I'd recommend buying your own copy, but the Library also has one, located at:

Reference Level 3        LB2369 .G53 2009

Other Tools

Some Example Citations

Anderson, Hans Christian. "The Little Mermaid." The Classic Fairy Tales: Texts, Criticism." Ed. Maria Tatar. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999. Print. 

Andersen, Hans Christian. The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen: A New Translation from the Danish. Trans. and Ed. Diana Crone Frank and Jeffrey Frank. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. Print. 

Ross, Deborah L. "Miyazaki's Little Mermaid: A Goldfish out of Water." Journal of Film and Video 66.3 (2014): 18-30. Web. ‚Äč

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