Writing Resources

  • Citing Sources

    Use the format below to cite sources whenever you take notes.  
    The Citation Machine is a great tool for citing sources.  
    For more examples go to http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/ .

    MLA Citation Style

    List alphabetically by the first word in each entry.After the first line, indent all the following lines.Capitalize all the important words in the title.

    Print Encyclopedia Articles

    Author. “Title of Article.” Name of Encyclopedia. Year of Publication (edition).

    Likens, Gene E.“Acid Rain.”World Book Encyclopedia.2000 ed.

    “Alaska.”The New Book of Knowledge.2000 ed.


    Author. Title of book. Place of Publication:Publisher, Year of Publication.

    Collins, Larry.Freedom at Midnight.New York:Simon and Schuster, 1975.

    Landre, Rick and Dee Porter. Gangs: A Handbook for Community Awareness. New York: Facts on File,


    Guelich, Scott, et al. CGI Programming with Perl. 2nd Ed. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly &

    Associates, 2000.

    Web Pages

    Author. Name of Page. Name of Organization. Date of Posting/Revision. Date of Access. .

    World Almanac for Kids Online. World Almanac Education Group. 2001-2002. 13 Jul. 2002.


    Online encyclopedias – World Book

    Author. “Title of Article.” Name of Encyclopedia. Date of Posting.Date of Access..

    “Fresco.”Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Dec. 1998.14 Dec.1998.

    Online Database – InfoTrac

    Author. “Title of Article.” Original Source of Article and Date of Original Source: Page Numbers. Product Name. Date of

    Access. .

    Begley, Sharon.“Memories are Made of…Nicotine?New Clues to How It Affects the Brain.”

    Newsweek4 Nov. 1996: 68.SIRS Researcher.23 Sept. 2002.<http://www.sirs.com>.

    Carlson, Peter.“Fertile Imaginations; the Real Story of Those Mysterious Circles Runs Rings Around the

    Movie.”The Washington Post 10 Aug. 2002: C01.E-Library.27 Aug. 2002.

    Newspapers and magazines - Print

    Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Source Day Month Year: pages.

    Poniewozik, James. "TV Makes a Too-Close Call." Time 20 Nov. 2000: 70-71.

    Trembacki, Paul. "Brees Hopes to Win Heisman for Team." Purdue Exponent 5 Dec. 2000: 20.



    Online magazines and newspapers

    Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical. Date: Pages. Date of Access..

    Willis, Melinda T. “Eye on an Invasion: West Nile Spreads to New States, Teaches New Lessons.”

    ABCNEWS Internet Ventures.7 Aug. 2002.27 Sept. 2002.


    Wyatt, Kristen. “West Nile prevention key, CDC warns.” The Gainesville Sun. 7 Aug. 2002.3 Oct.

    2002.< http://www.sunone.com/articles/2002-08-06bb.shtml>.

    Mayell, Hillary. “Crop Circles:Artworks or Alien Signs?” National Geographic News. 2 Aug. 2002. 7

    Aug. 2002. < http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/08/0801_020801_cropcircles.html>.


    Cartoon, chart, clipart, comics, map, painting, photo, or sound clip from an online source

    Author.“Title of Photo, etc.”.Kind of graphic (photo, clipart, etc.)Name of online source, year.Date of access..

    Kersten, Rick and Pete Kersten.“Congratulations. Photo.National Geographic Society, 2004.

    7 November 2004.<http://www.nationalgeographic.com> .


    Sound Clip from a CD

    Author.“Title of song”. Title of recording.Publication medium.Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication.

    Backstreet Boys.“Larger Than Life”.Millennium. CD. Los Angeles, CA: 1999.

    Personal interview

    Name of person interviewed.Position.Company or institution.Method of interview. Date of interview.

    Wyse, Randall. President. Wyse Choice Limousine Services. Personal interview.31 July 2003.