Citing Your Sources

 Citing Your Sources

FAQs About Works Cited Lists
Okay, Ms. Burke, what IS a works cited list and why do I care?

  • A works cited list is a list of the works (that is, other people’s stuff) that you used in writing your paper.
  • You care for the simple reason that a Works Cited and internal citation are all that stands between you and a doubtlessly unjustified accusation of plagiarism.
What is plagiarism, and how do I avoid it?Here is the short version:

Plagiarism is the deliberate inclusion or reproduction in one’s own work of the thoughts, ideas, concepts, conclusions, evidence, inferences, musings, essays, words, projects, or data of another person without giving clear and ample evidence both in the text AND in a Works Cited list or bibliography.


Where does the Works Cited page go? It’s the last piece of paper in your essay.
How do I do a works cited page? I don’t get it!1. Make a separate page for your Works Cited information. Here is a lovely explanation from the Purdue University site:

Basic Rules
Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.
Label the page Works Cited (do not underline the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words “Works Cited” at the top of the page.
List page numbers of sources efficiently, when needed. If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list the page numbers on your Works Cited page as 225-50.

If you’re citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but that you retrieved from an online database, you should provide enough information so that the reader can locate the article either in its original print form or retrieve it from the online database (if they have access).

2. Make it look like this example of a complete Works Cited page also courtesy of the Purdue site listed above.

3. List all sources you’ve used in constructing your paper. Here’s how to do that in the correct format: Basically,
Citation Machine, Bibliography Builder and Knight Cite are all so simple to use that it would be merely redundant for me to repeat the obvious. Plug in your information, copy the citation generated, paste it in alpha order onto your essay document’s Works Cited page, and you’re good to go. Here’s another site — and yet another site — to give you general information about MLA style.

Check out the BEST Bibliography Builder Site EVER!


How do I do internal citation? I don’t get it! 
After every quote, paraphrase, or summary, put in the internal citation — the little note that tells me where to look in your Works Cited list for the full information.
EXAMPLE: According to many critical studies, most students at A-TECH felt that
Lindsey Lohan’s plastic surgery was “too obvious to ignore” (Torres 4), while others were plainly offended at being “treated like we’re idiots who can’t tell the difference between how she looked a year ago and how she looked in Mean Girls” (Brown 120).If you still don’t get it…

The ever-helpful Purdue site can answer your further questions about internal citation.

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