UWRT 150 Writing Seminar (Calfo-Kalfopoulou): Citations

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Where to find information about MLA and APA citation formats:

All research papers require you to include a Works Cited page (also called a bibliography), which lists the sources in which you retrieved your information, as well as in text citations.  This requirement can sometimes seem daunting, but the formatting for each style type is simply a "formula," or order, of details that include basic information about the publication such as author, title, publisher, copyright date...

Why the different styles anyway?undefined

Students often wonder why there are different styles? Why does APA differ from MLA if each of them include the same information? 

APA (American Psychological Association) is used by Education, Psychology, and the Sciences.

These disciplines are more concerned with how recent the research was conducted. Therefore, the copyright date in more prominently listed near the beginning of the citation.

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is used by the Humanities.

These disciplines, including fiction, are more concerned with the author/creator of the work. The copyright date, therefore, is listed at the end.

MLA Citation Style Resources

Here are some important characteristics of MLA to keep in mind as you get started:

  • References contain four main parts: Author, Title of the work, Publication information, and Date
  • The author’s last name comes first; Use a first name and middle name if written as such
  • Use quotation marks to denote works that are part of larger works such as articles, chapters of books, or essays
  • In-text citations include the author’s last name and a page reference
  • The Works Cited list is organized alphabetically by author

We have an infoguide for that!  MLA Format

 

APA Citation Style Resources

Here are some important characteristics of APA to keep in mind as you get started:

  • References contain four main parts: Author, Date, Title of work, and Source
  • The author's last name comes first; Use initials only for first and middle names
  • Italicize titles of whole works, but not chapter or article titles
  • In-text citations include an author/date combination and must also appear in the reference list
  • The Reference list is organized alphabetically by author

We have an infoguide for that!  APA Format

NoodleTools Online Citation Builder Instructions

Download the first PowerPoint to quickly start learning on how to use NoodleTools If you are creating an annotated bibliography, download the second PowerPoint. Subscribers can download free apps. 

    

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