It is very important to always state where you found the information that you use in any academic paper, PowerPoint, or other type of presentation. You may use a direct quote from your information source (using quotation marks) or you may paraphrase the information (restate it in your own words.) In either case you must provide a brief indication in your text about the source (parenthetical citation) and a full citation in your list of works cited. See the links below for examples of various types of cited materials.
Formatting Your Paper
There is an established, uniform way to format your paper using MLA style. Your teachers in high school and college will expect you to do this, so you'd better learn how. See the links below for help.