How to create an MLA or APA citation

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When citing another persons work in a paper, you will create both in-text citations in the body of the report and a list of sources at the bottom of the report.


Works Cited

  1. Go to www.easybib.com
  2. Select MLA, APA, or CMS
  3. Enter the URL of the website you want to cite into the search engine and select Cite It
  4. Select Continue to the Final Step
  5. Complete the form and select Create Citation

The citation will be displayed. Following is an example of an MLA citation:

"Desk.com Blog." Web log post. Ignoring Customer Service Complaints on Social Media?
    You're in Good Company and in Trouble. N.p., 20 Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2016.
    <http://www.desk.com/blog/customer-service-complaints>.

 

Notice the second line is indented. Follow these steps to format a citation in Microsoft Word to indent the second and third lines of a citation.

  1. In Microsoft Word, highlight the citation
  2. In the top menu of Word, select the Page Layout tab
  3. Select the small down arrow icon in the Paragraph section
  4. In the Paragraph dialog box, change Special to Hanging and set by to 0.3"
  5. Select OK

In-Text Citation

If the author(s) named used and the source does not include a page number, place double quotes around the citation.

According to John Doe and Jane Doe, "some fact."

 

If the author(s) are used and the source does include a page number, place double quotes around the citation and include the page number in paraenthesis at the end of the sentence.

According to John Doe and Jane Doe, "some fact (156)."

 

If the author(s) are not used and there are less than 4 authors and the source does not include a page number, place double quotes around the citation and include the authors name(s) in paraenthesis at the end of the sentence.

"some fact (Doe and Kumar and Johnson)."

 

If the author(s) are not used and there are less than 4 authors and the source does not include a page number, place double quotes around the citation, and include the author(s) names and page number in paraenthesis at the end of the sentence.

"some fact (Doe and Kumar and Johnson 156)."

 

If the source does not list the author's name and the source does not include a page number, place double quotes around the citation, and include the title of the source in double quotes in paraenthesis at the end of the sentence.

According to Example magazine, "some fact (“Title of the article”)."

 


Paraphrasing

Citing a source you have paraphrased can be cited in the same way as the above in-text citations.

 



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