When you gather facts and data from books, websites, magazine articles or other sources you must give credit to the people who wrote it.
did you get your information? How do you give others this
A citation gives specific information about a source in a set format. Periods, commas, and underlining must be in the right places! If you cite correctly, you and others will be able to find that source again.
Most of the information needed for a citation is found on the title page of a book. For websites you may need to look at both the very top and the very bottom of the page.
can use the following tools to help you make a bibliography or
"works cited" list for your project or presentation.
Works Cited - A stylesheet with examples for a wide variety
of source types. This is primarily used at the high school
- Brief MLA Works Cited -
A stylesheet with fewer examples and source types. This
is primarily used at the middle school and elementary levels.
- Citation Machine - Click MLA on the left and then choose the type of source material you are citing. The form provided is easy to use.
Maker - Choose your source type and enter the information
into a simple form. The citation is created for you. Save
or print the citations as desired. Very easy to use. Includes
background information on the parts of the citation and reasons
for citing sources. Elementary and Secondary versions
in and start a personal folder, or use NoodleBib Express for
one citation. Levels include: Starter, Junior, and Advanced.
Select the type of material from the dropdown menus and fill
in the form with source information. Levels are progressively
more complex in the options they offer and the number of menu
Works Cited Lists:
Seymour. Volcanoes. 1988.
of Volcanoes." Enchanted Learning. 8 June 2005
World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2004.
Carriker, Robert C., and Ronald Reed Boyce. "Washington."
World Book Online Reference Center. 2005.
World Book, Inc. 8 June 2005. <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar592860>.
Gregoire, Christine. Personal interview. Portland. 2 February 2005.
Allan and Elizabeth May. Longstreet Highroad Guide to
the Northwest Coast. Atlanta, GA. Longstreet Publishing
Garlic Festival." Experience Washington. 8 June
Fishing in Washington. Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife, 2005.
samples show the format for a few types of information sources. You can find many more examples using the links at the top of
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