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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Modern Language Association (MLA): Introduction

MLA is one of the most common documentation styles. This documentation style is used for a variety of writing purposes, such as business reports and research essays. The main components are author(s), title of the work, date of creation, date the user accessed that resource (if online), and the electronic address or DOI (Digital Object Identifier), if available. The 8th edition is the most recent version of the official handbook. Check with your professors about which edition they prefer. View the official website for the most updated information.


MLA style requires in-text citations (i.e., acknowledgement of your source embedded in the text of your essay) AND a list of Works Cited at the end of your essay.


Always confirm with your professor what citation and referencing style is required for your paper’s documentation.

Note: This information includes both the 6th and 7th editions of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 2009. It is your responsibility to check with your professor regarding exact expectations for citations and referencing. Some professors may have an edition preference.


For more information on citation material, visit the Library website