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Cite Your Sources: MLA 7th

Find tools and examples for citing sources in your research projects using a variety of styles and formats. Your professor will tell you which style is most appropriate for your project or discipline. Have questions? Ask a librarian!

Citation Examples - MLA 7th

How your citations should look in your paper depends on the style format your professor asks you to use.  Here are some examples from common styles:

MLA Style

For Your Works Cited

Book

Crichton, Michael.  The Lost World: A Novel.  New York: Knopf, 1995.  Print.

eBook

Mailer, Norman.  Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing.  Westminster, MD: Random House, 2004.  ebrary.  Web.  1 Sept. 2011.

Journal Article

Sznajder, Mario.  "Dilemmas of Economic and Political Modernisation in Chile: A Jaguar That Wants to Be a Puma."  Third World Quarterly 17.4.  (Dec. 1996): 725-736.  Academic Search Complete.  Web.  1 Sept. 2011.

Web Page

Stone, Brad.  Can Amazon be Wal-Mart of the Web?.  CNET, 19 Sept. 2009.  Web. 1 May 2011.

In-text Citation Basics

Summary or Paraphrase: Cite in-text like this when you are borrowing an idea from an author but putting it into your own words.

According to Fastovsky and Weishampel (90), stegasaurs have many strange physical characteristics that cannot be easily explained.

Stegasaurs have many strange physical characteristics that cannot be easily explained (Fastovsky and Weishampel 90).  

Short Direct Quote: Cite in-text like this when you take a short quote word-for-word from another author.

According to Bardoe, "Columbian mammoths ate up to 500 pounds of food each day" (6).

"Columbian mammoths ate up to 500 pounds of food each day" (Bardoe 6).

Long Direct Quote: Cite in-text like this when you take a quote longer than four full lines word-for-word from another author.

Bardoe explains,

"These animals are part of a group called proboscideans, a name that comes from the Latin word for nose.  Over time, the proboscidean family tree has had at least 165 different species.  Dr. Fisher says such variety in a group of large animals is increidble because the members of each species must find a way to fill their vast bellies" (11).

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