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MLA Citations

Giving credit to the work of others

Giving reference to the work in your own writing

Placing source information in parentheses after a quote or paraphrase

What are Citations?

  • Any source information provided in the text of your work must correspond to your Works Cited page

  • Source information that is in the parenthetical citation depends on two things

    • 1) What the source medium is (Print, Web, DVD)

    • 2) Upon the source’s Works Cited page


When quoting or paraphrasing the work of somebody else, you must include the author’s name and the page number from which you took the information

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). 

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).

Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

In Text Citation

On your Works Cited page, you need to include the work you cited in your writing

Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., 1967. Print.

Last name, First. Book Title.Where Published: Publisher, Year Published. Medium Published.

Works Cited Citation

Cite with the title of the work

Parenthetical: shorten the name of the title and include the page number

Works Cited:begin with the title then continue

If No Author…

  • Need to include:

    • Author of page

    • Article name in quotation marks

    • Title of website/project/book in italics

    • Publisher information (name and date)

    • Page numbers, if applicable

    • Medium of publication (web)

    • Date you accessed the material

    • The web address

Electronic Source

Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹›.

Example: Electronic

The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 28 October 2012.

PLEASE…use this site if you get stuck!!


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