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How to Cite a Site. Today’s Objectives. You are going to be able to explain the value of giving proper citations. Name the components of an MLA style citation for websites. Create MLA style citations for online articles. Source. A reference work or firsthand document. Warm up question #1.

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How to Cite a Site


Today’s Objectives

  • You are going to be able to explain the value of giving proper citations.

  • Name the components of an MLA style citation for websites.

  • Create MLA style citations for online articles.


Source

  • A reference work or firsthand document


Warm up question #1

  • Why would someone reading your paper want to know what sources you used?


Possible Answers

  • To make sure what you wrote is true

  • To make sure I got my information from a trustworthy source

  • In case they are interested in finding out more about the subject


Warm up question #2

  • How do people reading your report figure out what sources you used?


Possible Answer

  • People can look at the sources listed in the report’s bibliography.


Bibliography

  • A list of the sources used for a report or other research project, including books, article, videos, and websites


Citation

  • Key information about a source used for a report or other research project, including its author, title, publisher, and date of publication


Bibliography…

  • is a key part of any research project. It is the part that tells others which sources you used to gather the information used in the project.

  • It allows others to decide for themselves whether those sources are trustworthy.


Remember

  • Listing a source’s citation, which often includes the author, title, and the date that the source was published, not only helps people locate that source elsewhere, but it’s also a sign of respect.


  • Bibliographies should include all of the sources that you used to help you write your report — online sources, as well as printed ones like books and newspapers.


You need to know

  • Different sources lend themselves to different types of citations.

  • For example, a citation for a website would require different information, and a different format, than a citation for a book.

  • We are going to learn how to cite a webpage today.


  • DISTRIBUTE the Citing Online Sources Student Handout

  • GUIDE students through the handout


Author

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • When the source has an author, the author’s name comes first (last name, then first name).

  • If there is not an author, then the title of the article comes first.


Article Title

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • The title of an article is placed inside quotation marks.

  • A period follows

    • Also inside of quotation marks


Website, newspaper, or magazine title

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • The title of a website italicized.

  • Followed by a period


Next Publisher

  • Definition: A person or company that prepares and issues books, journals, music, or other works for sale.

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • The name of the Publisher followed by a comma


Next- Date article was published

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • This is followed by a period


Next- WEB

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • The word “Web” is included in a citation for an online source to show that you accessed it online.

  • It is followed by a period


Date you read the article online

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • This is followed by a period.

  • It is typed a little different than we are used to typing the date

  • It is day, month, year format


URL

  • Plasket, Kelli. “The Gassy Dinosaur Effect.” Time for Kids. Time Inc., 09 May 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.timeforkids.com/news/gassy-dinosaur-effect/38946>.

  • In Angle brackets followed by a period

    • Angle brackets (< and >) are used before and after the URL.

    • These can be found on the comma and period keys of the keyboard (pressing the shift key at the same time).


Try to cite a site

  • Now we are going to try to cite an actual website.

  • Click on the following url

  • http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/31/nation/la-na-rainer-debris31-2010jan31

  • http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,621541,00.html


Wrap up question

  • Why include a bibliography in a report or research project?


Possible Answers

  • Bibliographies tell the readers which sources you used to gather information.

  • They allow others to decide for themselves whether those sources are trustworthy.

  • Bibliographies also show respect to the sources’ authors.


Wrap up question #2

  • Why is it better to record your citations as you do research, rather than waiting until the report is finished?


Possible Answers

  • If you wait, then you may forget which sources you used.

  • Furthermore, if using websites, the pages often change, so it is better to capture a record of the site at the time you have retrieved the information.


Wrap up question #3

  • What kinds of information should be included in a citation of an online source?


Possible Answers

  • Author; title of page, section, or article; website title; date updated or published; dates referenced by student; and the site’s URL in brackets


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