Works Cited Page & In-text Citation 9th Grade Research Paper
In MLA format, your Works Cited page and your In-text Citation go hand in hand. Works Cited WC is a comprehensive list of the sources that you used in your research paper. WC comes at the end of your intire paper. Your Works Cited page is where you formally document the sources that you use in your paper. In-text Citation Your In-text Citation is where you incrementally identify the specific information that you take from your sources. You use in-text citation immediately after you use a quote, insert a fact, or paraphrase information from your sources. In-text Citation is imbedded throughout your paper. In-text Citation identifies the source from where you received the information
Works Cited Format Only the information that you actually use in your paper Title is “Works Cited” with no underline or italics Alphabetize your entries Do not number or letter them Double space everything
In-Text Citation Regardless of whether you use fact, paraphrased information, or a quotation, you must provide an in-text citation to assert that you received it from another source. Use parenthetical citations at the end of the sentence(s) of each bit of cited information. If you have a long piece of background information, you may cite all of it at the end, but do not rely on this for your entire paper. You may include the author or the work in the sentence, and only reference the page number or you may place the author of work in the parenthetical citation. ALWAYS introduce your quotation.
Examples 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). Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).
Connection to Works Cited The citation, both (263) and (Wordsworth 263), tells 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 of Wordsworth, they would find the following information: Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., 1967.
Citing Indirect Sources Sometimes you may have to use an indirect source. An indirect source is a source cited in another source. For such indirect quotations, use "qtd. in" to indicate the source you actually consulted. For example: Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as "social service centers, and they don't do that well" (qtd. in Weisman 259).
Electronic Sources If you use a website, when you put them in the internal citation (in your paper) you should put the general website (ex. www.nais.org). However, in your works cited page, you must put the full website consulted as per the MLA format given to you.
Other Issues/Warnings Using Long Quotations Overflow of factual information from a source