MLA Introduction Part 3

Basic In-Text Citations: Article

1.“Republican strategist Monica Crowley will not assume a senior foreign policy communications role in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration” (Trudo “Monica Crowley not taking role in Trump administration”).

2.Hannah Trudo writes, “Republican strategist Monica Crowley will not assume a senior foreign policy communications role in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration” (“Monica Crowley not taking role in Trump administration”).

3.In her article, “Monica Crowley not taking role in Trump administration,” Hannah Trudo writes, “Republican strategist Monica Crowley will not assume a senior foreign policy communications role in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.”

How often to use author’s name

So, when you’ve already introduced an author in the paragraph, if you use the same author later on in the same paragraph (or along the same idea), you only need to put the page number at the end of what you have quoted.

As soon as you introduce a new author to that paragraph/idea, you will have to include the author’s last name in either the parenthetical citation or in the sentence.

Short Quotations

For any quotation shorter than four lines (of text in the actual source), you would following this format:

In comparison to the American-style lunch, French students could have a meal including, “cucumber salad, with vinaigrette, salmon lasagna with spinach, fondue with baguette for dipping and fruit compote for dessert” (Murphy “Why Students Hate School Lunches”)

Short Quotations: Poems

For poems, you will want to indicate breaks in line by using a “/” between phrases. So, for instance… Here is Stephen Dunn’s poem “On the Death of a Colleague”:

Each of us recalled
an incident in which she’d been kind
or witty.

As Stephen Dunn writes, “Each of us recalled / an incident in which she’d been kind / or witty” (19).

Long Quotations

For quotations longer than four lines, you will start on a new line and write a free-standing block text without quotations and maintain the double-spacing.

In this instance, your parenthetical citation would come after the punctuation at the end of a sentence.

Say what? Let’s look at an example on Purdue Owl’s official workshop page.

Works cited page: Books

On your works cited page, this is the general format to citing books:

Author Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City: Publisher, Date of Publication.

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2005.

Works Cited Page: Website Article

For websites, you would go by the following format:

Author Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Information about print publication. Information about electronic publishing. Access Information.

Journal Title, Volume Number, the year of publication, a colon, the inclusive page numbers, and a period.

Title of the website, the date of electronic publication or latest update, the name of any institution or organization that sponsors the site, and any editor or version number if applicable.

Works Cited Page: Website Article

Hammel, Heidi. “Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.” The New York Times. 29 Dec. 2015. 06 Feb. 2017.

Whalen, Tom. “The Consequences Of Passivity: Re-Evaluating Truffaut’s “Fahrenheit 451..” Literature Film Quarterly 35.3 (2007): 181-190. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.

How to cite sources online

Online resources are there to help you. However, you must double-check before adding them to your paper… sometimes they do not get all or only some of the information. Some options…

­Easybib

­Purdue Owl

­Online databases

How to Cite sources using word

At the top of the page go to the “References” tab

Change the citation style (if need be)

Click on “Insert Citation”

Add as much information as you can

Click insert

This will create an in-page citation for your paper. Once you’re finished writing (or you have used all your sources) click on “Bibliography” and then “Works Cited.” This will automatically create a Works Cited list for you.

Don’t forget to read Part 1 and Part 2! Have a great day now!