Citation Activity Page
Creating citations does not have to be a prickly process. It is very easy, once you understand how to create citations from a variety of resources
Non-Fiction & Fiction Books
Select a non-fiction or fiction book. Go to the Title Page of that book. (If you are not sure what a Title Page is, click here.) Locate and identify the following information:
1. Title of the Book
2. Author of the Book
3. City or Place of Publication
4. Name of the Publisher
5. Copyright Date
Write the information on your activity sheet. If you are using an actual physical book, your "Format" is Print. If you are using an electronic book your format is "eBook".
Click on the link in the right hand column "Links for Creating Citations. Select Son of Citation Machine. When you reach the website, select the MLA format for your citations
Locate the box to fill in your information. Select the "Manual Entry Mode". Select the option for "Book". Using the information you copied from the Title Page of your book and fill in the blanks. You may not need to fill in all of the blanks if there is no volume, edition or page numbers being used. If you are using specific information on a certain page or a series of pages from a book, you put those page numbers in that box.
Once you have filled in the information for your book, click on the "Make Citation" button at the bottom of the page. The citation for your book will appear in a box at the top of the page. At this point you can copy and paste it into a Word Document.
You can also search for your book if you happen to have the ISBN number. The ISBN number, International Standard Book Number, is usually located on the back of the book above the bar code in the lower right hand corner. If you cannot locate in the back of the book, it will be in the the "Cataloging in Publication" information on the back of the Title Page.
Now try creating a citation for a website. Click on this link.
Using you activity sheet fill in the information you will use for your citation.
Many times you find that there is no one person who is responsible for the information in a website. When that is the case you will leave the author boxes blank.
To find the publisher of a website you can either scroll down to the very bottom of the page and use the name of the organization next to the copyright date or go to the "About Us" section of the website to learn more about the organization.
If you only see a copyright date, that is your date of current update. However, if you see an update with the month, day and year, like on this website, make sure that you write down all of this information.
"Website" is the proper format for a website. The Date of Access is the actual date you have viewed the website.
The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is located at the top of the webpage in the box that begins with "www.". You only need to write down the URL up to the first backslash (/).
How to Cite an Article from a Magazine
How to Cite an Article from a Newspaper
How to Cite Images from the Internet
How to Cite a Digital File
How to Cite a DVD
How to Cite a Presentation or Lecture
How to Cite an eBook
How to Cite a Personal Interview
Links for Creating Citiations
Examples in the MLA Format
Examples in the APA Format
How to Create a Bibliography or Works Cited List