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Posted by on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 2:54pm.

What two pieces of information are necessary each time you cite a source in the text of your paper?

  • AP Language & composition - , Monday, September 3, 2012 at 3:03pm

    One item, for sure, is the author's last name. What do you think the other is?

  • AP Language & composition - , Monday, September 3, 2012 at 3:04pm

    the title of the source?

  • AP Language & composition - , Monday, September 3, 2012 at 3:07pm

    No. You'd include the title only if there's no author named.

  • AP Language & composition - , Monday, September 3, 2012 at 3:19pm

    im confused then..

  • AP Language & composition - , Monday, September 3, 2012 at 3:25pm

    The question is not up-to-date. It's appropriate only when you're citing from printed materials: author's last name and the page number where the quotation appears. But if you are quoting from anything non-print (website, CD, artwork, etc.), then the question doesn't work.


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    Here's the lesson I give for people learning how to cite in MLA format:

    You need to have each source of information 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.

    For example, this would go on the Works Cited page (with proper indentation for the second and following lines):

    Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. Chicago, 1903. Project Bartleby. Ed. Steven van Leeuwen. Dec. 1995. Columbia U. 2 Dec. 2003
    <www.cc.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/dubois/>.

    ... and this would go immediately after the quotation or whatever:
    (Du Bois)

    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.

    This is a good place for information on citing in MLA format:
    (Broken Link Removed)

    Hold your cursor over the words CITING SOURCES in the left column and then click on whatever type of source you need help with. 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.

  • AP Language & composition - , Monday, September 3, 2012 at 4:18pm

    1) what type of source it is, such as a book, web article, newspaper, etc. 2)the source’s entry on the Works Cited page.

    would that make sense for an answer?

  • AP Language & composition - , Monday, September 3, 2012 at 4:38pm

    No. The answer is probably this:
    ~ author's last name
    ~ page number

    But it's an out-of-date question since you can use many other types of sources.

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