MLA 8 Webquest
Official AHS MLA 8 Citation Guide
- Basic MLA 8 Citation Guide (packet)
- Cite a Website in MLA 8 (handout)
- MLA 8 Guide to Citing Books (handout)
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”)?
- 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 WashingtonPost.com, blah blah blah.”
- If there is no author stated, you can say, “According to an article called “McCarthy and the Red Scare” on BBC.com, 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?
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?
- Go to the part of the packet that talks about MLA.
9. How do I cite from a poem?
10. How do I cite from a play?