Citing Your Sources (MLA)

Citing Your Sources

Citation Builder Websites:

  • Noodletools Express--Highly Recommended 


  • Easy Bib


  • Citation Machine


Remember when using an online citation builder input the information yourself.You should not rely on the website to complete the citation for you, as sometimes these websites can make mistakes.

Information To Include in Citations:

  • Book Citation:

o        Title of the Book

o        Author of the Book

o        Publisher

o        Publication City (the first one listed)

o        Copyright Year (the most recent)

  • Website Citation:

o        URL

o        Date of Publication (newest copyright year, if there is no actual date)

o        Date you Viewed the Website

o        Title of the Article/Webpage

o        Author of the Article (leave blank if there is not one listed)

o        Name of the Website

              o        Publisher of the Website (normally at the bottom, next to the
              copyright year)

If the publisher and the name of the website are the same, you only need to put in the name of the website.

The name of the website should not include any URL parts (.org, .com) etc.

If an organization is responsible for creating the webpage, their name does not go into the author part of the citation. Their name goes in the publisher section.

  • Online Database Citation:

o        All of the online databases we have a subscription for, cite the articles for you.

  • Other Types of Citations (Magazine, Newspaper, Interview, Video,etc.):

o        Consult the websites below to understand the information you will need to create your citation.

MLA Information:

·         The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University webpage houses great information on MLA citations and paper guidelines.


·         This e-book is provided by EasyBib and includes citation fundamentals, examples of popular sources, MLA web rules, and MLA parenthetical citations. 


Parenthetical (In-Text) Citations:

In-text citations tell the reader where you got your information from within your paper. If they want more information about the source, they can consult your works cited page. All in-text citations follow these rules:

·         Appear at the end of the sentence.

·         Are in parenthesis.

·         The punctuation for your sentence goes after the parenthesis.

Example In-Text Citations:

·         If there is an author and page number:

o        For example: (Smith 13).

·         If there is no page number, only include the author.

o        For example: (Smith).

·         If there is no author, use the title of the article.

o        For example: ("The Secrets of Ancient Greece").

o        The title of the article goes in quotes.

·         If there is no title of the article or author, use the name of the book/website.

o        For example: (The Secrets of Ancient Rome)

o        The title goes in italics.

Direct Quote Citing:

·         If you are putting a direct quote in your paper

o        For example: "...influenced by Ancient Greece" (Smith).

o        Put whatever information you have in the parenthesis

Plagiarism Information:

·         Review the information on plagiarism from the University of Indiana and take the quiz.


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