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Broderick - November 2021: Citing Your Sources


Knight Cite is a free citation generator provided by Calvin College's Heckman Library. This is a simple citation tool.
With KnightCite, you can:

  • Create citations in MLA, APA, & Chicago styles
  • Create citations for 28 types of print & online source
  • Create an account to:
    • save & edit citations for later
    • alphabetize citations in a paper
    • ... and more

MLA Citations

Examples of MLA In-Text Citations (Author-Page Format) Adapted from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263). 
Author and Page. Note that no comma is used in MLA between the author and the page number.

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). 
Page only because author was already mentioned in the sentence.

Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263). 
Page only because author was already mentioned in the sentence. Note that an in-text citation has to be used even though this is a paraphrase and not an exact quote.


Your Works Cited entry for all these in-text citations would look like this:

Works Cited

Singh, Devendra, and Dorian Singh.  "Shape and Significance of Feminine Beauty: An Evolutionary
       Perspective."  Sex Roles, vol. 64, no. 9-10, May 2011, pp. 723-31.  Academic Search Premier, doi:
       10.1007/s11199-011-9938-z.  Accessed 11 Mar. 2019.

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Sample MLA Annotated Bibliography Entry

London, Herbert. “Five Myths of the Television Age.” Television Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 1, Mar. 1982, pp. 81-89.

Herbert London was the Dean of Journalism at New York University.  In this article, he explains how television contradicts five commonly-believed assumptions about this medium.  He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points.  London refer to any previous works on his topic.  The article clearly illustrates his points, but does not explore the implications of his points, which leaves the reader with many unanswered questions.

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for books, articles, and other resources you may have used in a writing project.  The annotated bibliography looks like a Works Cited page, but it contains an annotation after each source cited.  An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation of a source.  Comprehensive annotated bibliographies can be stand-alone writing projects.  


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