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English 99/108: Critical Reading Strategies: Citing Sources

NoodleBib

NoodleBib

NoodleBib is an online tool that prompts you for information about your source (title, author, etc.), then generates a citation in the style you specify (MLA, APA, or Chicago).

Osterlin Library has created three video tutorials that will get you started using NoodleBib: "Getting to NoodleBib," "Creating Citations with NoodleBib," and "Printing and Saving Citations in NoodleBib."  

In-Text Citations

In-text citations for print sources with known author

If you mention the author's name in the text:
(page#).

If you don't mention the author's name in the text:
(Author's last name page#).

In-text citations for print sources by a corporate author

(Organization page#).

In-text citations for print sources with no known author

Use a shortened title of the work in  quotation marks (article) or italics (longer works) and the page number.

("Title of article" page#).

MLA Citation Examples

 

Books

With One Author

Last-Name, First-Name. Work Title. Edited by Editor’s Name, Translated by Translator’s Name, Version, Publisher, Date Published.

With Two or Three Authors

Last-Name, First-Name, First-Name Last-Name, and First-Name Last-Name. Work Title. Edited by Editor’s Name, Translated by Translator’s Name, Version, Publisher, Date Published.

With More Than Three Authors

Last-Name, First-Name, et al. Work Title. Edited by Editor’s Name, Translated by Translator’s Name, Version, Publisher, Date Published.

With No Author

Work Title. Edited by Editor’s Name, Translated by Translator’s Name, Version, Publisher, Date Published.

Online Book

Last-Name, First-Name. Work Title. Edited by Editor’s Name, Translated by Translator’s Name, Version, Publisher, Date Published, DOI or Permalink.

Newspaper, Magazine, or Journal Article

Last-Name, First-Name. “Article Title,” Newspaper, Magazine, or Journal Title, Volume Number, Issue Number, Publisher, Date Published, Page Number. DOI or Permalink.

Online Periodical

Last-Name, First-Name. “Article Title” Periodical Title, Volume Number, Issue Number, Publisher, Date Published, Page Number, DOI or Permalink.

Web Article

Last-Name, First-Name. “Article Title.” Web Site Title, Publisher, Date Posted, DOI or Permalink.

Movie

Movie Title. Written by Writers, Directed by Director, Distributing Company, Release Date.

TV Episode

 “Episode Title.” TV Show Title, Written by Writer, Season Number, Episode Number, Network, Original Air Date.

Government Document

Authoring Governmental Agency. Document Title. Publishing Governmental Agency, Date Published, Page Number, DOI or Permalink.

More information about how to format citations in the MLA 8th Edition

Suggested Websites

Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide: This detailed guide from Purdue covers all the basics of MLA style.

MLA Citation Style (from Cornell University Library): A simple overview of MLA works cited pages and in-text citations.

Bedford/St. Martin's MLA Style: Intuitive overview of MLA citations and paper formatting.

MLA Handbook FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about using the newest edition of the MLA Handbook.

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