MLA citation reminders and Title page formatting
Jane Smith writes in her essay, “A Look at
Children,” that having kids “is a great and
wonderful experience” (185).
As one prominent author writes, having kids “is a
great and wonderful experience” (Smith 185).
As one prominent author writes, having kids “is a
great and wonderful experience” (Smith, “A Look
at Children” 185).
[only use the work title if you are quoting from more than one
work by “Smith,” or if there is more than one author named
“Smith” that you are quoting from]
Note that the period comes AFTER the MLA citation information:
Smith writes that “the sport of climbing is becoming extremely
popular” (99). 
Smith asks, “is climbing a popular sport these days?” (99).
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Also: additions and omissions are indicated with square
brackets and ellipses (not at end or beginning of quote!).
Smith asks, “is climbing a [...] popular sport these days?” (99).
Smith writes, “the main character [Marlowe] is mystical” (55).
We see Marlowe “[walking] to the boat” (55).
------------lines of poetry are separated with a / :
Pickens writes that “His love is like / a big red bike” (44).
Citing a quotation longer that 4 lines (i.e. lines in
YOUR essay)
-No quotation marks
-Indent 10 spaces (usually about two TABS) or the
equivalent of one inch
-One space after the last punctuation mark of the
quote
-Insert parenthetical citation
-For example….
Example of in-text citation (long quote)
McDonald speculates that monolingual speakers of English are disadvantaged in
today's world:
In Africa, as we have seen, most Africans, who are gifted linguists, will
know at least three languages. In India, there is a de facto bilingualism. In
Europe, English is widely understood--and taught--in all countries, even in
France. It appears that the British and Americans, lacking many levels of
language competence, are exceptional--and exceptionally handicapped,
perhaps. (350)  period BEFORE citation
Some online source examples
In the case of an unpaginated source:
According to The Victorian Web, “fashion has always been
a key indicator of social status” (n.pag.).
[note that your Works Cited entry must coincide with the
“author” indicated in the text – i.e. [The Victorian Web”]
Sometimes online sources will provide paragraph or
section numbers instead of page numbers:
According to The Victorian Web, “fashion has always been
a key indicator of social status” (par. 2).
[or]
According to The Victorian Web, “fashion has always been
a key indicator of social status” (sec. 2).
Works Cited
The Works Cited page(s) lists all the works you
paraphrase or quote from in the main body of your
essay. So if there is a (Beattie 456) in the text of your
essay, there MUST be an entry in the Works Cited that
BEGINS with Beattie.
Your Works Cited is its own numbered page; the last
page of your essay.
Entries in the Works Cited are alphabetical (usually by
last name of author).
Consult a writer’s Handbook and/or the CoD library
website (Citing Sources) for guidelines on formatting.
Some examples….
[Book by a single author:]
Banting, Pamela. Body, Inc.: A Theory of Translation Poetics. Winnipeg:
Turnstone Press, 1995.
[last name, first name. Title. City of publication: publisher, year.
[selection from an anthology (collection of works)]
Ehrenreich, Barbara. “The Cult of Busyness.” Common Culture. Ed.
Michael Petracca and Madeleine Sorapure. 3rd ed. New Jersey:
Prentice Hall, 2001. 540-543.
[author last name, first name. Title of selection. Title of anthology.
Editors of anthology. Edition of anthology. City of publication: publisher,
year. Pages numbers of selection.]
Reminder:
Citing Sources (CoD Library Website)
http://www.cod.edu/library/research/citenet.htm
Short Story Research Guide
http://www.cod.edu/library/libweb/Kickels/English/shortstory.htm
Citing Sources
How to cite from Short Story Criticism
How to cite from Short Stories for Students
How to cite a journal article from an online database
How to cite a magazine article from an online database
Works Cited
no bold, 12pt, no
underline, no formatting
Banting, Pamela. Body, Inc.: A Theory of Translation
Poetics. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1995.
Ehrenreich, Barbara. “The Cult of Busyness.”
all double space
(no extra spaces)
Common Culture. Ed. Michael Petracca and
Madeleine Sorapure. 3rd ed. New Jersey
Prentice Hall, 2001. 540-543.
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Name
Date
Course name and number
Professor Jason Snart
Assignment (e.g. Essay 1)
title is centered
no formatting
Hook:
Topic
12 pt Times New
Roman
italicize long poems,
plays, and novels
short stories and
poetry in quotes
Titles –
The “hook” is to “hook” your reader with something catchy, interesting, and short.
The “topic” gives specific information about the focus and scope of your essay. Name ALL authors
and works covered.
Fishing for Readers:
How to Use Titles in College Writing
Family Pride:
The Concept of Pride in John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Here are some really bad titles; never make up titles like these:
Symbolism in Literature
Essay 4
Catcher in the Rye
Essay on Reading 1
Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye:
A Study of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye
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