Citation Work cited pages and in-text citations

Included in all citations :

  1. Author
  2. Title of Source - chapter, newspaper article etc.
  3. Title of Container - title of book, name of newspaper, title of magazine
  4. Other Contributors - editors, illustrators, translators
  5. Version - If a source is listed as an edition or version of a work
  6. Number (page, volume etc.) -
  7. Publisher (or support organization)
  8. Publication Date
  9. Location

Other items that are source specific

  1. City of publication - in regards to a book you would include the city of publication
  2. Date of Access - in regards to a website you would include the date you visited the website

In Text Citation

brief reference within your text that indicates the source you consulted. An In Text Citation should connect any ideas, paraphrases, or direct quotations to a specific source you used and guide the reader to the citation of this source on the Works Cited page.

What the author is saying in this slide show is that the order of the information in a citation is important. It is allows the reader to know what part of the citation is the title, what part of the citation is the publisher name etc. etc. etc.

In Text citations are guideposts to the correct citation entry on your Works Cited page. These take different forms.

Author-Page Style - the authors last name and the page number from which the quotation is taken must appear in the text, and then a complete reference should appear on your works cited page. The author's name appears in the sentence itself, or in parentheses, after the sentence it refers to. The page number must come in parentheses at the end of your sentence.

For example:

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)

Both citations in the examples above (263) and (Wordsworth, 263) tell readers that the information in the sentence can be located on page 263 of a work by an author named Wordsworth. If readers want more information about this source, they can turn to the Works Cited page, where under the name Wordsworth, they would find the following information :

Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford UP, 1967

If the source has no known author :

  • If work is short (ex magazine title) use shortened version of title in quotation marks
  • If work is long (entire book, entire website) use shortened version of title in italics and provide a page number

If you do not have a page number simple give the first part of the full citation, for example if the full citation is

Ribble, Mike. Digital Citizenship in Schools. Eugene: International Society for Technology, 2015. Print

You In Text Citation would be (Ribble)

Work Cited

Russel, Tony et al. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U

Writing Lab, 1 Dec. 2016


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