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Note: MLA7 does not require the URL/link in a website citation. However, some instructors still ask for it – double-check if your instructor requires it.
There are three main ways to uses sources in your research paper. You may quote. You may paraphrase. Or you may summarize. All three require an in-text (parenthetical) citation!
Author Last Name, Author First Name (Year of Publication). Title of article: Capitalize first word of subtitle. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), page-page.
Block, or indent, quotations longer than four lines of type. When a quotation is indented, the use of quotation marks is not necessary, and the page number is included outside the ending punctuation.
A quotation is usually introduced by a comma or a colon. A colon precedes when a quotation is formally introduced or when the quotation itself is a complete sentence, but either no punctuation or a comma generally precedes when the quotation serves as an integral part of the sentence.
Notice that since I took a direct quote from John Smith's book, I placed those words in quotation marks. Notice also that I placed the date that the book was published directly after the author's name in parentheses--this is proper APA format. Finally, notice that because I explained WHO wrote the book and WHAT book it comes from, the reader is easily able not only to find the source on his/her own to check my facts, but the reader is also more likely to believe what I have to say now that they know that my information comes from a credible source.
Author Last Name, Author First Name Initial. (Year Published, Month Published). Title of article: Capitalize first word of subtitle. . Retrieved from http://
Think of each quote like a sandwich the quote is the meat on the inside, but before you taste the meat, you must also be introduced to the sandwich by the bread. After you bite down on that meat, you need the other piece of bread to round out the meal.
The top piece of bread will tell us where the quote came from and/or how it fits in with what&rsquo s already been discussed in the essay. The bottom piece of bread points out what was important about the quote and elaborates on what was being said.
However, most useful will be the Citations & Bibliography section. It allows you to build a bibliography with formatting help from Word. Choose the style you want to use, click "Insert Citation" and fill out the information. From here, Word will even let you manage all the sources you insert.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) is a popular style used for citing sources in the liberal arts and humanities. As a college undergraduate, this is the most likely citation style you'll run into. In the physical text of your paper, you'll want to include the author's name. Find more information at the Purdue OWL MLA Style section.