Every source cited in the text of your paper needs to be in the Works Cited page, and
Every source you put in your Works Cited page must be cited somewhere in your paper.
Do I need to include the URL (web address) for web sources?
In ProQuest, how do I know what database an article is from?
The current default searches all ProQuest databases; list simply as: ProQuest.
Do I include in my Works Cited page books or articles I read while researching my paper that I did not cite in my paper?
No, only include those sources cited in your paper.
For in-text citations, where does the period go?
At the end of the citation after the parentheses, like this: (Beck 46).
However, for long quotations of more than four typed lines of prose or three lines of poetry, indent the quotation 1 inch or 10 spaces. The parenthetical citation goes outside the final punctuation of the quote, like this:
… and frequently unobtrusive. (127)
What if my quotation ends with a question mark or exclamation point?
MLA Handbook page 88: Include the question mark at the end of the quotation, the add the citation in parenthesis, then add a period, like this:
Meeting a fellow prisoner, Lowell asks, "Are you a C.O.?" (38).
"What a wonderful little almanac you are, Celia!" Dorothea Brook responds to her sister (7).
Double spaced or single spaced?
Your Works Cited should be double spaced, in alphabetical order, with a hanging indent like this:
Powell, Kevin, editor. Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature. Wiley, 2000.
1. Two authors – 1st author’s name inverted (last name 1st) and 2nd author in normal order.
2. Three or more authors – First author, followed by et al. (Latin for “and others”).
3. Editor – Similar to author, except, name followed by comma and editor. Or editors.
4. Work in an anthology, signed chapter in edited book –
5. Publishers – Use short form of publisher’s name. Omit terms such as Press, Inc., Co., except when naming university presses (Harvard UP).
6. If copyright date page lists more than one date, use most recent.
7. Names of months that are longer than four letters are abbreviated. Use 1st three letters of month: Jan., Feb. ... with one exception: Sept.
8. City and state aren't required before name of publisher.
The pieces of information you'll need for a book:
The pieces of information you'll need for an article in an edited book:
For an electonic book (ebook) from a library database, include after page numbers:
The pieces of information you'll need for a magazine or journal article:
For an article from a library database, include after page numbers:
The pieces of information you'll need for a short work on a website:
1. Untitled image, graph, work of art
"When a source is untitled, provide a generic description of it, neither italicized nor enclosed in quotation marks, in place of a title. Capitalize the first word of the description and any proper nouns in it." - (MLA Handbook 29)
Mackintosh, Charles Rennie. Chair of stained oak. 1897-1900, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.