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FYI

Create your Works Cited FIRST! It is much easier to format your in-text citations if you have done the Works Cited page. 

Creating Your Works Cited Page

Consult these resources when creating your in-text citations and Works Cited page: 

Citation Maker: Offers an example that is formatted properly. Fill in the blanks appropriately. 

 

Reminders:

Citing Primary Sources: Citing a primary source is NO DIFFERENT than citing a secondary source. Cite the source in which you found the material. If the source is on the web, cite it as a "Short Work from a Website". If it is in a book, cite the book.  
When a Citation is Provided:   The general rule of thumb is NOT to copy and paste a citation provided by a website or database.  Instead, compare the citation provided with the correct MLA format provided by the Purdue OWL website, and edit as needed.  Ultimately it is ALWAYS your responsibility to make sure that your citation is in proper MLA format.

In-Text Citation Tips

In-Text Reminder: Use the first word in the Works Cited entry and place it in parenthesis (ignore "a," "an," & "the"). If no author is given, start with the first word of the title. Provide the appropriate page number if the source is paginated. 

REMEMBER: WHATEVER APPEARS FIRST IN THE WORKS CITED ENTRY IS WHAT WILL BE USED TO CREATE THE IN-TEXT CITATION.

 

EXAMPLES: 

"Inside the Islamic State Kidnap Machine." Magazine. BBC, 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 25 Sept. 2015. 

  • In-text: ("Inside").

Tyn, Jo. "The Industrial Age." Technology in World History. Ed.  Bo Duke. Vol. 5. New York: Oxford, 2005. 44-56. Print.

  • In-text: (Tyn 48).

Citing eBooks

Books (Web)

General book format:  

AuthorLastName, AuthorFirstName. Title of Book. Publication Location: Publisher, Year. Online Library or Retrieval Service. Web. Day month year of access. 

Example:  

Burnett, Frances Hodges. Little Lord Fauntleroy. New York: Scribner & Sons, 1866. Google Book Search. Web. 29 Sept. 2009.


Book with an editor instead of an author: 

 

EditorLastName, FirstName, ed. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication. Online Library or Retrieval Service. Web. Day month year of access.   

Example:  

Perkins, Kathy E., ed. Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays before 1950. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 1990.NetLibrary. Web. 5 Jan. 2009

 

Borrowed from College of San Mateo Library 

Citing a Short Work from a Website

 How to cite a short work from a website, A Writer's Reference, 8th ed. pg. 447

FORMAT:

Author: last name, first. "Title of the Short Work/Page." Title of Website. Sponsor, update date. Medium. date of access. <web address  required>.

SAMPLE:

Gallagher, Sean. "The Last Nomads of the Tibetan Plateau." Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Pulitzer Center, 25 Oct. 2012. Web 30 Oct. 2013. <http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/china-glaciers-global-warming-climate-change-ecosystem-tibetan-plateau-grasslands-nomads>.

 

Works Cited Help: Anthology, Multivolume, and Database Article

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Book: 

Anthology:

Multivolume Work: 

 

Citing a Database