When writing research papers, creating reports and projects, and using images and music, you must give credit to the source of your information. In Wake County Public Schools the accepted format for documenting sources is Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Every different type of source (book, encyclopedia, newspaper, magazine, database article, webpage article, etc.) has its own particular required citation format. Scroll down below the Citation Tools to see some examples.
What you need to cite:
All books and websites you use ideas or facts from. Paraphrase those ideas and facts!
All images or graphics you use in presentations or on posters.
Any music you use in a presentation or performance. Under Fair Use Guidelines, you may use only 30 seconds of a song.
How Do You Cite Sources in MLA Format? Follow the guidelines and examples on this page. Of course, your Language Arts teachers and the Librarianr are available to help!
Teachers don't always recommend using these tools until you have learned to create your own citations because the online makers do not always build citations correctly. If you use them, you must proofread each citation and add any missing information
MLA Citation Examples Book examples:
Book with an author: Author’s Last Name, First Name. Book Title. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Copyright Date. Print.
Your citation should look like this: Smith, Cheryl. Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. New York: Abrams, 2010. Print. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Book with editors: Editor’s Last Name, First Name, eds. Book Title. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Copyright Date. Print.
Your citation should look like this: Martin, Waldo E., and Patricia Sullivan, eds. Civil Rights in the United States. New York: Macmillan, 2000. Print. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Web site examples: Website WITH an author: Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Article Title.” Source/Website Title, Date last updated. Date you read the page. Web. <http://www.etc. >
Your citation should look like this: Peterson, Susan Lynn. “The Life of Martin Luther.” Miami University, 2005. 10 Mar. 2016. Web. <http://www.susanlynnpeterson.com/index_files/luther.htm>.
Website WITHOUT an author or copyright date—just leave those elements out. Your citation should look like this: “11 Facts About the Holocaust.” Dosomething.org. 10 Mar. 2016. Web. <https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-holocaust>.
Online Databases (NC WiseOwl): Use the citation tool in these databases to copy and paste your citation. Your finished Works Cited page should look like this: Works Cited Benson, Sonia, Daniel E. Brannen Jr., and Rebecca Valentine. UXL Encyclopedia of U. S. History: Volume 7: R-S. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Print.
Costantino, Maria. Fashions of a Decade The 1930s. New York: Chelsea House, 2007. Print.
Pendergast, Tom, and Sara Pendergast, eds. UXL American Decades 1930-1939. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Print.
“The 1930s: African Americans.” SIRS Decades. 2011. Web. 6 April 2011. <http://decades.sirs.com/decadesweb/decades/do>.
“The 1930s: Fachion: Topics in the News.” American Decades. 2001. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 April 2011. <http://go.galegroup.com/.>
“The 1930s.” History.com, 2011. Web. 6 April 2011. <http://www.history.com/topics/1930s>.
Create your own unique website with customizable templates.