Citing Your Sources (according to MLA 8)Source-specific templates from NoodleTools (these are helpful for students to fill out)BookLast, First M. Title of Book. Publisher, Year Published.ex: Everett, Reese. Homework, Yes or No. Rourke Educational Media, 2016.
eBook (from a website or a database)
Author’s last name, First name. “Title of the chapter or section.” Title of the e-book, translated by or edited by First name Last name, vol. number, Publisher, Year of publication, page number(s). Title of the web site or database, URL.
ex: Yomtov, Nel. “The Gift of the Nile.” Ancient Egypt, Scholastic, 8-9. FreedomFlix, sdm.fflix.digital.scholastic.MagazineLast, First M. "Article Title." Title of Magazine, volume, issue, Publication date, page(s).ex: Sparks, Sarah D. "Parent Involvement: Overparenting and Homework. Education Week, 17 Feb. 2016, p. 5-6.WebsiteLast, First M. "Web Page Title." Title of Website. Publisher, Publication Date, URL. Date of access. (optional)ex: Wallace, Kelly. "The Great Homework Debate: too much, too little or busywork." CNN, 6 September 2013, www.cnn.com/2013/09/05/living/parents-too-much-homework.Online DatabaseLast, First M. "Article Title." Title of Periodical, volume. Issue, Publication date, pages. Name of the Database, URL.ex: Ponte, Wendy J. "Excessive Homework Strains Family Life." Do Students Have Too Much Homework?, edited by Judeen Bartos, Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, galegroup.What is Copyright?How do I know if I am plagiarizing or not?Paraphrasing video (courtesy of EasyBib)How do I paraphrase when doing research?
Before you begin to take notes and read through the material you have found, make sure the information is worth recording. If it is, do not just copy it word for word. Paraphrase or summarize the information. You may also wish to add personal reactions or other comments on your notes. If so, circle them, write them in a different color, or use some other method to distinguish them.
Make notes in your own words because they reflect your thinking, not someone else's. You should use direct quotes only when the author's words are particularly striking, when you want to refer to an expert's knowledge or opinion, or when you want to hold an author accountable for a particular idea or statement.