EBSCOFacts on FileGale-Global IssuesGoogle docsDrop Box
This is the "Citations" page of the "Orientation to the Mountain View Media Center" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Orientation to the Mountain View Media Center   Tags: covert, library, orientation, research  

This guide is designed to help students and teachers make the most of the resources available to them through the Media Center and MPS Databases.
Last Updated: Dec 19, 2012 URL: http://libguides.mpsaz.net/mountainview Print Guide RSS Updates

Citations Print Page

Cite Your Sources!

Remember, when doing research you need to give credit to the person or people that came up with the idea or discovered the information that you are using.  Use this link to get citation help online or ask a librarian for help.  Better safe than sorry!


Not Sure When to Cite?

Whenever you use someone else's work--copying text, photos, images, etc.--you need to cite the source.  Plagiarism and piracy are against the law.

For guidelines, check out this libguide  Copyright Simplified for Students and Teachers by Laura Sears.  It also includes links to free sites for images and photos that you can use in your work.


Works Cited/Works Consulted - MLA Format

The key to a correct bibliography/works cited/works consulted is following directions EXACTLY.  That means putting the commas and periods in the right place.  The correct title choices are Works Cited, every document included on the page has been cited in the essay/report; Works Consulted, only some of the works are cited, but there are additional ones you used (even if only for background information); Bibliography, only used books.  Regardless, if you use information from a source, you must give proper credit in your writing.

General Rules


1.            Alphabetize your list by author’s or editor’s last name.

2.            If there is no author given for your book or article, use the first main word of the article or book title
         for alphabetizing.

3.            Begin the first line of your entry flush with the left margin.  Indent second, third, etc., lines of each 
         entry.   A standard indention is five spaces.

4.            Double- space entire page when typing.

5.            Abbreviate all months except May, June and July.

6.             Write dates in this fashion: number month year.  For example, 19 Feb. 1972.

7.             Entries generally have three parts: author, title and publication information.  Each division is 
         generally followed by a period (and two spaces if typing).

8.             If several cities of publication are provided, use the one listed first.  If two or more copyright dates are 
         listed, use the most current.

9.             If a source is on continuous pages, list the pages from first page-last page (EX: 12-22).  If the source is 
         on non-continuous pages, just list the first page and a + sign (EX: 12+).

10.     Omit titles, degrees, and affiliations that generally precede or follow names (like Dr. or  Ph.D.).

11.     Place suffixes--like Jr. or Roman numerals--after given names, preceded by a comma.  For example:  
Rockefeller, John D., IV.  or  Rust,  Arthur George, Jr.

12.     If a newspaper does not have the city of publication in the title, add the city in square brackets if it is 
          well known. EX: [
Phoenix]  If the city is not well known, add the city and the state in square brackets. 
         EX:  [Heber, AZ]

13.     The following abbreviations are necessary when the information is unavailable:no pages available: 
         n. pag., no date available: n. d.,  no publisher: n. p.


The following pages contain entries that are a representation of the most commonly used source citations.  Please consult a MLA Handbook 7th Edition for a more complete list. Complied by Valerie Best and Donna Parker


Loading  Loading...