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  • 1. Creating the Works Cited page
    Connect parenthetical citation to actual source
  • 2. Basic Concept
    There is a 1:1 relationship between in-text/parenthetical citations and the Works Cited page:
    For every parenthetical citation in the essay there must be a corresponding works cited entry
    For every source listed on the Works Cited page, there must be a corresponding in-text/parenthetical citation
  • 3. Setting up the Works Cited page: Basic Rules
    • Begin the Works Cited list on a NEW page
    • 4. do not put the Works Cited list on the last page of your essay – start the list on a new page!
    • 5. title the page – Works Cited
    • 6. center the title at the top of the page
    • 7. Double space all entries
    • 8. Do not double space between entries
  • Basic Rules - continued
    • List items alphabetically by the author’s last name
    (use a comma to separate the last name from the first and middle names)
    James Fennimore Cooper = Cooper, James Fennimore
    • if the work cited was written by two or more person, alphabetize by the last name of the first author listed on the title page or cover.
  • Basic Rules: continued
    • Underlineoritalicize titles of LARGER WORKS (Books, Magazines, Journals, etc)
    • 9. Be consistent either underline titles or italicize titles – don’t underline and italicize – i.e.
    Gone with the Wind or Gone with the WindNewsweek or Newsweek
  • 10. Basic Rules: still more
    • Use quotation “marks” to indicate titles of shorter works (poems, articles, stories, essays etc) that are contained within a larger volume of work – i.e. an anthology or collection, articles in a magazine, newspaper, or journal.
    Ehrenreich, Barbara. “Spudding Out,” Common Culture: Reading and Writing about American Popular Culture.
  • 11. Basic Entry Format
    Works Cited entries present their bibliographic information in three (3) basic chunks:
    Author information – (authors or sources of material) followed by
    Title information (name of book, magazine, journal, website, organization, etc.) followed by
    Publication information (place of publication, name of publisher, and year of publication)
  • 12. Basic Entry Formats: Books
    Author, or Authors. Book Title. City of publication: Publisher. Date of publication.
    Twain, Mark. Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins. London: Penguin Classics. 1986.
  • 13. Basic Entry Formats: Work from an anthology or collection
    Last name, First name. “Title of Work,” Title of Collection or Anthology. Ed - Editor’s names. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Pages
    Ehrenreich, Barbara. “Spudding Out,” Common Culture: Reading and Writing about American Popular Culture, 5th ed. Ed. Michael Petracca and Madeline Sorapure. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2007. 146-49.
  • 14. Basic Entry Formats: Periodicals
    (i.e. Time, Newsweek, US News, Ladies Home Journal. People, etc):
    Author(s). “Title of Article.” Name of Periodical Day Month Year: page range
    Tumulty, Karen and David Von Drehle. “Ready to Rumble,” Time.17 March 2008: 28-32
  • 15. Basic Entry Format: Article in Scholarly Journal or Magazine
    (i.e. Professional Journals, Scientific American, American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers)
    Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Journal. Volume. Issue (Year): pages.
    Crook, Clive. “Sins of Emission,” TheAtlantic Monthly. 30.3 (2008): 32-34
  • 16. Basic Entry Format: Article in a Newspaper
    National (NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today):
    Author(s). “Title of Article,” Name of Paper.Day Month Year: section
    Article in Newspaper – local:
    Author(s). “Title of Article,” News and Advance. (Lynchburg, VA ) Day Month Year: section
  • 17. Web Sources
    Common requirements:
    Author(s) or Editors names
    Name of database, book, project title, or article
    Date of version, revision, or posting
    Publisher Information
    Date you accessed the site
    Web address – all of it!
  • 18. Basic website Format
    Name of Site. Date of Posting/Revision. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sometimes found in copyright statements). Date you accessed the site [electronic address].
  • 19. Sample Page
    Works Cited
    Glazebrook, Olivia. “A bloodless horror. (The Omen)(Movie review).” Spectator (June 10, 2006): NA. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. VCCS System – used for scripted access. 25 Mar. 2008 -
    Gordon, Mary. “For One Catholic, ‘Passion’ Skews the Meaning of the Crucifixion. (Arts & Ideas/Cultural Desk) (ESSAY) (Column).” The New York Time. (Feb. 28, 2004 pB7 col o1 (36 col): B7. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. VCCS System – used for scripted access. 19 Mar. 2008
    Nicolosi, Barbara. “The Movie Industry Has Begun to Foster Respect for Religion.” Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture. Ed. John Woodward. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. VCCS System – used for scripted access. 19 Mar. 2008
  • 20. Where to get help
    The instructor – office hours (imagine that)
    Student Success Center (terrific resource)
    Writing Arguments text– Chapter 17
    Little, Brown Handbook – section on MLA – MCL Resources Research Citing Sources MLA ebook pg 408
    Blackboard sites – (External Links tab) –
    Guide to Grammar and Writing
    Purdue OWL
    Research and Documentation of Line
    University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • 21. THE END 