Research - Citations

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    General MLA Guidelines

    • Sources used are cited on a page titled:  Works Cited
    • Listed alphabetically
    • Double spaced
    • The second line of citations should have a hanging indent
    • If the information is not available for a part of a citation, move on to the next part
      • For example, if there is no author or editor, leave that part off


    In-Text Citations

    When you use information from your sources in the body of your paper, you need to cite it properly. Some ways to include this information include:
    • use the author's last name
    • use "according to"
    • use direct quotes
    • put the source in parenthesis at the end of the sentence
    Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).
    According to Johnson, there are more than 2 million turtles living in the country (24).
    One man even claims that math, not space, is "one of the greatest adventures," and that it is "fully infinite" (Rothman 10).


    One Author

    Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

    Two Authors

    Lastname, Firstname and Firstname Lastname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.


    Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. Denver: MacMurray, 1999. Print.


    Journal or Magazine

    Author, Name. “Article Title.” Title of the Journal Volume.Issue (Year): Page number(s). Print.


    Internet Sources

    Web page

    Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Web Page or Document.” Title of Web Site. Publisher or sponsor of site (if none, use N.p.), Date of publication or update (if none, use n.d.). Web. Date accessed. <URL> (if needed).




    The content on this page was adapted from the resources from the OWL at Purdue.