Citing–Book & Packets

AttributionRead all the way down for tips and hints not only for citing works from our textbook, but also for quoting from literature. You also have mighty fine handbooks, but my experience teaches me that very few students seem to use them.  In addition, you can use Google just about any MLA topic you need help with.

Here is a sample entry for the Works Cited list, showing how to list literature from our textbook.  SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT LINES ARE INDENTED FIVE SPACES, which is also known as a hanging indent. (See below for visual, or refer to page 107, #7,  in the Seagull Handbook.)

If you have two works of literature from the same anthology (like when you have two poems, or two short stories) you’ll create a two-part entry (sample is from a different anthology; for the Penguin, see above for info, then follow the format below).  The first entry will be for the anthology text itself:

Then you’ll create an entry for each work, using the editors’ names in the entry.  Shown below are two entries for works by the same author (showing the format of using 3 hyphens instead of the author’s last name for the second entry).  If an author does have two works from the same text, alphabetize by the name of the work, as illustrated. Again, refer to your Seagull Handbook, page 107 for more information.

If you are quoting from any of our packets, use the following format:
for a poem found in the packet:
Bass, Ellen.  “Gate C-22.” Poetry.  Ed. Elizabeth Eastmond. 5. Print.

for information found in the packet:
Eastmond, Elizabeth. “Figurative Language.” Poetry. 2. Print.

LookThe titles of poems and short stories are placed in quotation marks.  Dramatic works (plays) are italicized, as are novels.

The first time you refer to an author, use both the first and last name.  On subsequent references, use only the last name. Consult your Writer’s Handbook for more MLA information.

To quote poetry, use a slash (bordered by spaces on either side) to show line breaks; use a double slash for stanza breaks. With poetry notation, when using the word “line” or “lines” in your parentheses, use the word line (eg: line 12) on the first instance and just the line number (eg: 12) after that. Put the author or poem title in the signal phrase, and NOT in the parentheses. See example below.

PoetryQuoteExampleHere’s Purdue OWL’s Quotation Marks with Fiction, Poetry, and Titles.  Click for helps on the Purdue website.  And here’s a page from the Diana Hacker handbook:

Citing PlaysWhile I generally hate eBooks for our class work, here’s how to cite them (from *here*):

Formatting citations for an e-book in MLA format is done much the same way as formatting a print book.  General Format:

Author’s Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book Capital Letter(s). Edition if other than the first. Location: Publisher, year of publication. Name of database or method of access. Web. Retrieval day mo. year.

General rules:
– For the Name of database or Method of access give the actual name of the device the material was downloaded onto: Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, etc. If accessed from the Internet directly, use the name of the site: ebrary, NetLibrary, Google eBooks, etc..
– Included the word ‘Web’ (without quotes) in the citation to show it was taken from the Internet and not a print book.
– Include the retrieval day-month-year that the material was accessed, not the publishing year. Use abbreviations for the month.
– Use double spacing. Keep bibliographical entries in alphabetical order.

Examples (use hanging indent format in your paper):

Kornblum, William. At Sea in the City: New York from the Water’s Edge. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2002. NetLibrary. Web. 23 June 2006.

“Prairie oysters.” Rawson’s Dictionary of Euphemisms and Other Doubletalk. 2002. Credo Reference. Web. 7 Oct. 2006.

Wagner, Mary Jo. Last Minute Emergency Medicine. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 2007. ebrary. Web. 11 Nov. 2011.

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