A bibliography lists citations for all of the relevant resources a person consulted during his or her research.
In an annotated bibliography, each citation is followed by a brief note—or annotation—that describes and/or evaluates the source and the information found in it.
A works cited list presents citations for those sources referenced in a particular paper, presentation, or other composition.
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Works Cited Page
General Guidelines for a Works Cited Page (MLA):
- Begin on a new page
- Alphabetize list
- Indent every line after the first line five spaces
- Double space all citations
- Include medium of publication for each entry
- No longer required to include the URL for electronic sources
- Use italics for books and magazines
- Use quotation marks for articles and poems
What's the Big Deal?
The purpose of properly citing sources is:
- to identify the origin of the information giving the author credit, and
- to allow the reader to find the original source.
Plagiarism is the result of not properly citing sources.
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When to Cite
All of the following require a citation:
- Direct Quote
Basically, anything that is not cited should be your own original idea or common knowledge.
In-text citations signal the reader that the information in the body of the paper is attributed to another source. In-text citations must have a corresponding citation on the Works Cited or Reference page.
The word of phrase used in the in-text citation must be the first word in the citation on the Works Cited or Reference page.
Examples of MLA in-text citations:
Lister claims that "stained glass work is an act of meditation" (23).
Interest in rap music has been increasingly mainstream (Bliss and Thomas 75).
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