Citing your resources is important because- 1. It tells the reader where you found your information. 2. It shows respect for the work of the author/authors. 3. It enables the reader to use and/or validate the resource if they need to. 4. Not citing the source is plagiarism which if a form of dishonesty which can get you into a lot of legal trouble.
Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, copyright date.Note the punctuation marks and format for citing work by a single author.Example:Smith, John. Space: The Greatest Expanse in the Universe. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.
First Author’s Last Name, First Author’s first Name, and Second Author’s Full Name. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, copyright date. Note punctuation marks in citation. Example:Smith, John H. and Mary L. Lamb. Space: The Greatest Expanse in the Universe. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.
Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Article Title.” Name of Encyclopedia. Edition Year. Note punctuation marks in citing of encyclopedias. Example: Smith, John. “Space.” World Book Encyclopedia. 2000 ed.
Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Article Title.” Magazine title. Issue Date: page number(s) of article. Note punctuation in citation. Example:Smith, John. “Local School Helps Students Write Better Papers.” Austin American Statesman. 15 October. 2001: D12.
Author (if known). “Title of Article.” Title of complete work. (if given-underlined). Date of visit <full http address>. (be sure enclosed in angle brackets.) Pay attention to punctuation in citing. Example: “Biographical Data: Walter M. Schirra.” Astronaut Biographies. 10 Jan. 2006 http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/s chirra-wm.html>.
If there are more than three authors or editors, list only the first one followed by et al (this means others). Sources are always cited alphabetically. Remember: The Works Cited document only lists the sources you actually used in your research paper; whereas, a Bibliography lists ALL of the sources that you researched.
Using your template for “Compiling Information for Works Cited” go to the library and find your sources. Be sure to provide all of the proper information. After gathering the required sources create your Works Cited page (handwritten or typed). Submit Works Cited page for lesson evaluation purposes.