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Transcript of MLA Citation
The Joy Luck Club
. New York:
Ballantine Books, 1989. Print.
References (Works Cited)
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).
. London: Oxford UP, 1967. Print.
The Works Cited goes on a
. The purpose of having a reference page is to provide a list of all the sources that were used for information on the essay; without this, the information you used would be considered
. There are different ways to cite sources from different places (books/articles, websites, encyclopedias, etc.).
Double space using a legible 12 pt. Times New Roman font
1 inch margins; use the tab key to indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin
Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right hand corner, one half-inch from the top, and flush with the right margin
Use italics for titles of longer works and for providing emphasis only when it is absolutely necessary
Endnotes belong on a separate page before your works cited; this page should be entitled Notes (centered, unformatted)
Formatting the First Page
List your name, instructor's name, course, and the date in the upper left-hand corner using double spaced text
Double space again and center the title
Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works within your title (ex: Human Weariness in "After Apple Picking")
Double space between the title and the first line of text
Make a title page unless specifically requested
Underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks
Write your title in all capital letters
How to Cite Sources
For Internet sources:
Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Source.
Sponsor, date last edited. Web. Date of access.
Last name, First name.
Title of book
. City of
publication: Publisher, Year. Print.
Artist name. "Song."
manufacturer, date. CD.
For photographs, paintings, sculptures:
Title of work
. Year. Medium. Place
that houses the work.
When you summarize information or use a quote inside an essay, you give credit to the author through in-text citation.
Format: "Quote" (Author's last name).
Freedom From Want
1943. Paint. Norman Rockwell Museum.
Shmoop Editorial Team. "My Generation Meaning."
. Shmoop University Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 2 Dec 2014.
The Who. "My Generation."
Studios, 13 Oct 1965. CD.
Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
City of Publication: New York
Title: The Joy Luck Club
Year of Publication: 1989
List the references in alphabetical order by the first letter in the reference.
If you have no date, write n.d. If you are missing any other information, simply skip it.
If you have two authors, write the first author in the citation format, then add "and First name Last name." For example: Palfrey, John and Maria Sanchez.
Format dates the following way: "Day Month Year." DO NOT add any commas. For months, abbreviate only with the first three letters: Jan, May, Jun, Nov, etc. For example: 31 Oct 2013.
If a reference takes up more than one line, indent every line after the first. This gives the list an organized look.
Date: October 13, 1965
Recording Manufacturer: IBC Studios
Artist Name: The Who
Album Name: My Generation
Song: My Generation
Even More Practice
Title of Work: Freedom From Want
Artist Name: Norman Rockwell
Place That Houses Work: Norman Rockwell Museum
Title Of Article: My Generation Meaning
Sponsor: Shmoop University Inc.
Date of Access: December 2, 2014
Date Last Edited: November 11, 2008
Author: Shmoop Editorial Team
If the author is already mentioned before the quote, do not include the author's last name in the parentheses.
When quoting a source with pages, include the page number of the quote in the parentheses.
Quote: It's a very distinctive style
Author: Eliot Spencer
"It's a very distinctive style" (Spencer).
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