MLA Citations and References

At a high-school level it is very important to learn to cite where you have gotten all your information. Not only does it provide a source for someone to get further information but it is also very important that plagiarism is avoided.  At university/college you will also be required to do this so it is a good practice at this point in your studies. 

Where did you read this?  Here is where you will cite using the following format- put in brackets: (Author, date article was written). 

You should be citing throughout your paragraphs to indicate where you have gotten the information from. When more than one source used, be sure to cite individual points. Any questions about this please get in touch.

Please see the following...


Citations: When you cite the source of information in the report, you give the names of the authors and the date of publication. For example...

Jenkins and Busher (1979) report that beavers eat several kinds of herbaceous plants as well as the leaves, twigs, and bark of most species of woody plants that grow near water.


Beavers have been shown to be discriminate eaters of hardwoods (Crawford, Hooper, and Harlow 1976).


How to cite a website: Cite in text the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title or abbreviated title.Eg: ("All 33 Chile Miners," 2010).


References: All sources are listed at the end of the report in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author, as in the following book and article. For example...

Crawford, H.S., R.G. Hooper, and R.F Harlow. 1976. Woody Plants Selected by Beavers in the Appalachian and Valley Province. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jenkins, S.H., and P.E. Busher. 1979. Castor canadensis. Mammalian Species. 120:1-8.



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