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1. Begin your works cited list on a separate page from the text of the essay. 2. Label the works cited list Works Cited and center the title of this page.
3. Double space all entries and do not skip spaces between entries.
4. If the entry is more than one line then indent the 2nd line 5 spaces.
5. Alphabetize citations.
6. Punctuation is important in citations. Use the examples below as a punctuation guide.
Sample citations for PRINT RESOURCES:
Book with one author
Author (Last name first). Title of Book. (Title in Italics) Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Print.
Stewart, Gail B. The Crime Scene Photographer. Detroit: Lucent Books, 2008. Print.
Book with two authors - (Reverse only the name of the 1st author)
Boekhoff, P. M. and Stuart A. Kallan. Venus Williams. Farmingham Hills, MI: Thompson Gale, 2003. Print.
Book compiled by an editor - (Similar to format for author, except add ed. after editor's name)
Kelly, Kevin H., ed. Books That Shaped Successful People. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press, 1995. Print.
Books without an author listed - (When the author is unknown, begin with the work's title)
What Life Was Like in the Age of Chivalry: Medieval Europe AD 800-1500. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1997. Print.
An article in a reference book with an author - (list the author of the entry (if there is one), the title of the entry(in quotation marks), the title of the reference work (underlined), the edition number (if any), and the date of the edition. ) Medium of publication.
Robinson, Leif J. "Hubble Space Telescope." Encyclopedia Americana, 2000 ed.
An article in a reference book - no author - (Begin citation with the title of the article)
"Microtome". World Book Encyclopedia, 2005 ed. Print.
A magazine article with an author - The author's name (last name first), title of the article (in quotation marks), title of the magazine (italicized), Day Month Year: Pages. Medium of publication. Cahill, Larry. "His Brain, Her Brain". Scientific American, May 2005:40-47. Print.
Magazine article - no author - (Begin with the title in quotation marks)
"Oprah's Class Act." People, 23 Dec. 2002:24. Print.
Article in a newspaper - Begin with the name of the author, if there is one, followed by the title of the article (in quotation marks). Next give the name of the newspaper (italicized), Day Month Year: the page number (including the section letter). Use a plus sign (+) after the page number if the article does not appear on consecutive pages. Medium of publication. Ross, Winston. "Railroad Fuel Depot Nearly Done." Spokesman-Review, 24 Jan 2003:A1+. Print
Sample citations for ELECTRONIC RESOURCES: Use n.p. to indicate that neither a publisher name or sponsor name has not been provided.
Use n.d. when the web page does not have a publication date.
A database article:
To document an article or other material accessed from a library subscription database as Proquest, Teen Health and Wellness, or Elibrary, provide the following information:
Author, magazine article title "in quotation marks", magazine title(in italics), date of article. Name of the database(in italics). Medium. Date of access.
West, Krista. "The New Ice Doctors." Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2008: 22. Proquest. Web. 25 Nov. 2009.
A web site:
Editor,author or compiler name (if available). Name of Site(in italics). Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site, date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access. <URL/address>.
Impacts of Climate Change Coming Faster and Sooner. United Nations Environment Programme, 24 Sep. 2009. Web. 25 Nov. 2009. <>.
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