I just completed my first two papers in my quest for higher education (pause for big applause)
I am finalizing them, but I have a question on proper MLA citation. I have a book about it and have looked on-line, but I can’t find a definitive answer to this question.
The papers I wrote were called “reaction” papers. In it, the instructor said to describe the main points of the books, in my own words, then offer a reaction to the book. (agree with premise, etc). Now, the subject matter was about the Americans With Disabilities act and its impact, blah, blah, blah. Each book has a single author.
If I use my own words to describe parts of the ADA, such as the phrase “reasonable accomadation”, do I have to cite where in the book I saw that phrase? I mean, most of the ideas in a paper like this are going to be from the book- I’m supposed to be describing the main points, after all. Besides direct quotes (which I know I have to cite), what other types of ideas are supposed to be cited?
Anyone who does this for a living or is in college and familiar with this type of paper- I would really appreciate some assistance. I’ve been out of school for a long time, and I didn’t think to ask my instructor before now. Needless to say, the papers are due tomorrow, or I would not bother the board with this.