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The core elements of any entry in the Works Cited list are shown in the chart below. The core elements are in the order in which they should appear, followed by the appropriate punctuation mark. If an element cannot be found or does not apply to the source being cited, omit that element from the entry. End the entry with a period.
Book and eBook sample citations
Smith, James R. Don't Wake Me Up: Sleep Deprivation in the 21st Century. Oxford UP, 2015.
Smith, Albert, et al. Tech Stress: The Digital Age and the Decline of Mental Wellness. Pearson, 2015.
McLeod, Kevin, and Deborah Kaine. Macroeconomics and the Future of North America. HarperCollins Publishers, 2014,
*** If a work has more than two authors, use the first author's name that appears followed by a comma and "et al."Article from a Library Database sample citation
Chan, Evan, et al. "Postmodernism and Hong King Cinema." Postmodern Culture, vol.10 no. 3, 2012, pp. 44-78. EbscoHost, doi:10.1345/acd.2003.0087.
The MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition does not include guidelines for formatting an annotated bibliography. However, your professor may assign an annotated bibliography in MLA style. The annotated bibliography contains descriptive or evaluative comments about your sources. Each citation should adhere to MLA guidelines. Begin your comments immediately following the citation. The title might be 'Annotated Bibliography' or 'Annotated List of Works Cited'.
Your instructor may request an annotated bibliography in order to evaluate the types of sources you are selecting for your research. The annotations should show that you have carefully conducted your research and critically analyzed the information you will use to write your paper. The good news is that the 'Works Cited' list will be almost complete before you begin writing. Below is an example of an annotated bibliography in MLA style.
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Why do we cite?
"When writing a research paper, you must always cite any sources that you have consulted. You must acknowledge when you are using the ideas, information, arguments, phrases or any other intellectual or creative output by another person. Not to do so is referred to as plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offense that carries with it severe academic consequences, but that can largely be avoided by always citing your resources." (excerpt from the Plagiarism page)
Academic Integrity - What does it mean to be a person of integrity?
First and foremost, it means to be honest and therefore trustworthy. It means having strong moral principles and striving to always "do the right thing", even when it is difficult to do so and even if easier, but less honest ways of doing something are available. (excerpt from the Plagiarism page)
Enroll in the Plagiarism Awareness Tutorial - If you successfully complete all 3 parts of the tutorial, you will be awarded a digital badge that will be displayed on your Moodle profile.