MLA Jeopardy Fun With Formatting Name That Source Interpreting In-Text Citations Partying Like it’s MLA 2009 P-Words 100 100 100 100 100 200 200 200 200 200 300 300 300 300 300 400 400 400 400 400 500 500 500 500 500
In MLA style, the titles of books, magazines, and films should have this type of formatting. Answer
Italics Game Board
TRUE or FALSE: When citing a work with only one author, the author’s last name should come first. Answer
TRUE If there is just one author, list his or her last name first. (When there are multiple authors, the rules change). Game Board
In MLA style, your paper as a whole should have certain formatting characteristics: 1 inch margins, for example. Name at least two more of these characteristics. Answer
Your last name and page number in the top left corner
A readable, standard font in a standard size (usually 11 or 12 point)
A list of works cited
Your list of works cited, as a whole, should be formatted according to specific guidelines. For example, the whole list should be double-spaced. Name two more guidelines for your list of works cited. Answer
Center the title “Works Cited” at the top of a new page
All entries should have “hanging indentation”
TRUE or FALSE If you are citing a website and you cannot find out who the author was, you should put “Author Unknown” (or something similar) for that entry in your list of works cited. Answer
Game Board FALSE. When citing web sources, list only the information that is applicable and available. This means that if no author is given, you do not list an author. (However, be sure to look thoroughly for each piece of requested information.)
The following is a citation for what type of source: Fischer, Daniel. Mission Jupiter: The Spectacular Journey of the Galileo Spacecraft. New York: Copernicus, 2001. Print. Answer
A print book. Game Board
You use one of the library’s online research databases, Academic Search Premier , to find information for a paper. You find several articles from Newsweek . How should you cite these articles?
As print magazine articles, since they also appeared in print.
As electronic articles, since you found them using an online database.
b. As electronic articles, since you found them using an online database. (Always cite the version of the source you actually used.) Game Board
The following is a citation for what type of source: Johnson, Carrie. “Report Faults Handling of Wiretap Notes.” Washington Post 2 Sept. 2008. Newspaper Source . Web. 14 Oct. 2008. Answer
The online version of a newspaper article. (This article was found using Newspaper Source , one of the library’s research databases.) Game Board
In the following citation for a magazine article, what does “Academic Search Premier” refer to? Berman, Sanford. “Time to Renew Darfur Stand.” American Libraries June/July 2007. Academic Search Premier . Web. 14 Oct. 2008. Answer
It is the name of the library research database in which you found the article. Game Board
The following is a citation for what type of source? “ What Alternatives to Milk are Consumed by Humans?” Milk: Procon.org . Procon.org, 8 April 2008. Web. 15 May 2009. Answer
An article from the website procon.org Game Board
The purpose of in-text citations
(AKA parenthetical citations) is:
To annoy students
To make it easier for the reader to find the original source
To establish authority and credibility for your argument and for the facts you are citing
B and C
d. B and C Game Board
TRUE or FALSE: If you are citing information from a website, you do not need to include a parenthetical citation, since websites don’t have page numbers. Answer
If a source does not have page numbers, use the author’s name for the parenthetical citation.
If a source does not have an author OR page numbers, cite the title of the source.
This type of phrase, which states the name (and sometimes the credentials) of an author or other source, is used to alert the reader that information from an outside source will follow. Example: “According to historian Nancy Cott, ….” Answer
A signal phrase. “ A 2007 study from the Pew Research Center found that…” “ In his 2009 State of the Union Address, President Obama stated that…” Game Board
What is the correct in-text citation for a quote on page 112 from the book Race Matters by Cornel West?
(West, p. 112.)
(Cornel West 112).
(Race Matters, 112.)
C or D
c. (West 112). Game Board
TRUE or FALSE If you state a fact in your paper that is considered to be “common knowledge,” you do not need to cite a source for it. Answer
TRUE Information that is considered common knowledge does not need to be cited. “ Common knowledge” is information that is broadly known and not disputed by scholars, such as MLK’s birthday or the date on which the Declaration of Independence was signed. Game Board
Web, Print, and Film are all examples of what? Answer
A “medium of publication.” All entries in your list of works cited must list a medium of publication. Use Print for: Print versions of books, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, etc. Use Web for: Websites, e-books, articles you find using one of the library’s online research databases, etc. Game Board
If you are having trouble figuring out how to cite a source using MLA 2009, where can you go for help? Answer
Ask your instructor
Ask an ARC librarian
Look in the index of the MLA Handbook or another writing guide.
owl.english.purdue.edu (A great website from Purdue University)
You go online to do research, and you find a good news article on the New York Times website. When you are citing this source, what should the “medium of publication” be? Answer
Web. (Even though the article may also appear in print.) Game Board
TRUE or FALSE: When you are citing a website, you no longer have to list the URL. Answer
TRUE. Just remember to list the medium of publication. (Web). Game Board
When citing a website, you must list the website’s “publisher or sponsor.” Where might you look for that information? Give one example. Answer
Possible places to look:
“ About Us” section
Copyright statement on the bottom of the page
Go to the site’s home page
Another name for in-text citations is what? Answer
Parenthetical citations. Game Board
Answer Using another person’s words or ideas in your paper without giving that person proper credit is considered what?
Plagiarism. Game Board
To paraphrase means to:
Quote an author’s exact wording.
Summarize or re-phrase an author’s ideas in my own words.
Use an author’s words without giving her proper credit.
b. Summarize or re-phrase an author’s ideas in my own words. Game Board
List at least two instances in which you would need to provide a parenthetical citation in your paper. Answer
You use a direct quote.
You paraphrase or summarize an author’s idea.
You state a fact or statistic that is not considered common knowledge.
TRUE or FALSE: If you paraphrase an author’s words or ideas, you do not need to cite that author in your paper. Answer
FALSE. Even if you re-phrase another author’s idea, you still need to give credit to that person through an in-text citation. Game Board