March 30, 2015

Homework Help: Government essay help

Posted by Jon on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 12:38am.

I've written the essay but I had to use the quote and cite method rather than paraphrase and cite and I'm confused on how to cite my work. I got all of my information in chapter 9 section 1 of my textbook.

You need to have the textbook cited in TWO places:

1. the Works Cited page that is placed after the last page of your paper, and
2. in parentheses in the text of your paper, immediately after the quotation or paraphrase.

Here's an example of what will go on the Works Cited page with proper indentation for the second and following lines:

Barnet, Sylvan, William Burto, and William E. Cain. An Introduction to Literature. New York: Pearson Longman, 2004.

... and this (last name of author and page number) will go immediately after the quotation or whatever:
(Barnet 10)

The information in parentheses in the text needs to be as brief as possible. That's why there's a Works Cited page – for all the details of the listing.


Here's a good place for information on citing in MLA format:
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Hold your cursor over the words CITING SOURCES in the left column and then click on Books. Many examples will show up. You will get two examples for each type of reference – one for the Works Cited page and one for the parenthetical (in-text) citation.

You can also see what a Works Cited page looks like – click on Sample Works Cited in the left column.

Let me know if you have questions.


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