MLA 8 Webquest

Official AHS MLA 8 Citation Guide


1. When do I need to cite? 

  • Look, if it came from anywhere other than your own mind, whether you are taking a direct quote out of a text or paraphrasing ideas from some source, you must cite.
  • If you don’t, you are PLAGIARIZING.
  • IMPORTANT: if you took all your ideas off SparkNotes but put it all into your own words, YOU ARE STILL PLAGIARIZING. You are stealing ideas.

2. How do I cite?

  • In your writing, if you are using a fact, an idea, or a direct quote from a source other than your own mind, you must use a parenthetical (in-text) citation after the information.
  • In your speaking, cite your source aloud by telling the audience the name of the author, the name of the article, and the publication/website.
  • Whether your work is written or in a speech, you also need to include your sources in a Works Cited page.

3. What should go in my parenthetical (or “in-text citations”)?

  • Author
    • Put his/her last name, then space, and then enter the page number(s)
    • Ex: (Hawthorne 54-5) or (Anderson 20).
  • No Author
    • Use the FIRST UNIQUE WORD of the citation. This is usually the first word from the name of the webpage/article. Format as you would a webpage name–with quotes.
    • Ex: (“Underwater” 2) or (“University”)
  • Entries Have Same Author Names or Same Webpage Names
    • Choose your “key word” by using the FIRST UNIQUE WORD of the name of the website. Format as you would a website name–in italics.
    • Ex: (Bigfuture) or (History 3)
  • Formatting the “key word”
    • Format it the same way it is formatted in the Works Cited.
    • Ex: (Miller 12) or (“University”) or (Bigfuture)
  • No Page?
    • If there is no page, leave it out. Do NOT put n. pag.

4. How do I cite in a speech?

  • Even in a speech, you must tell the audience where the information came from.
  • If there is an author, you can say something like, “According to Mary Smith, in her article “Underwater Basket Weaving” on, blah blah blah.”
  • If there is no author stated, you can say, “According to an article called “McCarthy and the Red Scare” on, blah blah blah.”
  • You can also mix it up by thinking of other ways to state your source. For example, “Mary Smith, in her article “Underwater Basket Weaving,” stated, ‘blah de blah.'”
  • Don’t forget to also make a Works Cited page!

5. How do I make a Works Cited page? 

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6. I need more help with in-text citations (parentheticals)!

7. How do I “set up” (“lead into”) my quotes?

8. How do I cite from the Bible?

9. How do I cite from a poem?

10. How do I cite from a play?

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