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1 MAGEE LIBRARY WORKS CITED STYLE GUIDE This Works Cited Style Guide is based on the Gibaldi MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Seventh Edition. It has been SLIGHTLY MODIFIED for Magee Secondary School. Many instructors will have different style guides they prefer. The key is to ASK your instructor which style guide they want you to use BEFORE you start your research! Remember that we will willingly check your FINAL i.e. TYPED Works Cited BEFORE you submit it for marking, just make sure you get us to check it a few days BEFORE it is due so that you can make any corrections necessary. You must write down the information for your Works Cited at the top of your page before you start taking notes. A good working Works Cited will use a variety of resources, with a minimum of three different types of resources. 1. The Works Cited appears at the end of your assignment on a separate 8½ x 11" page with your Name, the Date, your Block, and your Teacher s Name in the top right hand corner, and with the title Works Cited centered at the top of the page below your name etc. 2. Use 1" margins on all four sides of your page. 3. Correct any grammatical mistakes. (Especially watch capital letters.) 4. Type using standard fonts eg Times New Roman, and font size Entries are arranged alphabetically by the first word in the entry (usually the author's last name). When the title begins with A, An and The, type the full title including the words "A", "An" and "The". Ignore A, An and The when alphabetizing, ie use the second word to alphabetize. 6. Do NOT number the entries. Do NOT use bullets, dashes, sub-headings or categories. 7. DOUBLE-SPACE ALL ENTRIES (WITHIN AND BETWEEN) 8. Indent the second and subsequent lines one tab (five spaces). 9. Publishing city: when more than one city is listed, use the first one only. 10. Publishing date: when more than one date is given, use the most recent one only. For Encyclopedias use ed. # and dates. (eg 15 th ed. & 2008). 11. Abbreviations: Abbreviate the names of some months. Use a period after the abbreviation. NEVER double up punctuation. See the list of Abbreviations at the end of examples. 12. Format is very important. Note carefully the punctuation, italics, indentation, margins, order of information etc. in ALL the examples given below: Make sure you put 2 spaces after end punctuation (.!?), 1 space after other punctuation, (, : ;) including abbr. punctuation! 13. Make sure you write all the way out to the right margin before you move down to the next line, especially with URLs! Line breaks go only after a single or double slash (/ or //). When handwriting underline any italicized words below. TYPE final copy. 1

2 EXAMPLES Book: with one author or editor Author s or Ed. s last name, first name. Title. City: Publisher, Year. Print. Schram, Stuart R. The Political Thought of Mao Tse-Tung. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Print. Fraser, Antonia, ed. The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Print. Book : without author or editor Title. City: Publisher, Year. Print. Hanimals. New York: Green Tiger Press, Print. Book: with two or three authors or editors First listed author s last name, first name, Second and third author s first names then last names. Title. City: Publisher, Year. Print. Kuhn, Cynthia, and Scott Swartzwelder. Buzzed. New York: W.W. Norton, Print. Book: with four or more authors or editors First listed author s last name, first name, et al. Title. City: Publisher, Year. Print. Atkins, P.W., et al. Chemistry: Principles and Applications. London: Longman Group, Print. Anthology: a book organized like an Encyclopedia/ Dict: with author Author s last name, first name. Article title. Title of Publication. Editor (if given). Publication information. Page numbers. Print. Mullin, Mark H. The Republic of Ireland. The World Today Series: Western Europe. Ed. Wayne C. Thompson. Harpers Ferry: Stryker-Post Publications, Print. Anthology: book organized like an Encyclopedia/ Dict: without author Article title. Title of Publication. Publication information. Page number(s). Print. Territory of Guam. CultureGrams: World Edition 2007: Asia and Oceania. Provo: ProQuest 2

3 Information and Learning Company and Brigham Young University, Print. Encyclopedia or Dictionary Well known : with author Author s last name, first name. Title of article. Title of Encyclopedia. Edition and/or Date. Print. Levitzky, Michael G. "Snoring." The World Book Encyclopedia ed. Print. Encyclopedia or Dictionary Well known: without author Title of article. Title of Encyclopedia. Edition and/or Date. Print. Weights and Measures. Children s Britannica. 4 th ed Print. Encyclopedia Less familiar: with author Author s last name, first name. Title of article. Title of Encyclopedia. Ed. (Editor s) first name and last name. Edition. (If given) Volume used. City: Publisher, Year. Print. Abed-Kotob, S. "Moroccans." Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Ed. Timothy L. Gall. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, Print. Encyclopedia Less familiar: without author Title of article. Title of Encyclopedia. Ed. (Editor s) first name and last name. Edition. (if given) Volume used. City: Publisher, Year. Print. Joseph Conrad. Encyclopedia of World Biography. Ed. Paula K. Byers. 2 nd ed. Vol. 4. New York: McGraw-Hill Inc., Print. Interview Interviewee s last name, first name. Personal interview. Day Month Year. Ramsay, Josh. Personal interview. 15 May Martin, Christopher. Telephone interview. 10 Dec Media (film or video recording, laser disc, DVD) Title of film/video/laser disc/dvd. Name of Producer/ Director/Performer. Publisher, Year. Type of media. 3

4 The Life of Mammals: Return to the Water. Narr. David Attenborough. BBC, DVD. Magazine article: with author (print format) Author s last name, first name. Title of article. Title of Magazine Day Month Year: Page number(s). Print. Mills, David. "Loyal Subjects." Horizon Canada Sept. 1985: Print. Magazine article: without author (print format) Title of article. Title of Magazine Day Month Year: Page number(s). Print. The Health Pages News. Chatelaine Feb. 2000: Print. Newspaper article: with author (print format) Author s last name, first name. Title of article. Title of Newspaper Date: Page number(s). Print. Farrell, Jim. Grasshoppers Plot Prairie Return. The National Post 15 Feb. 2002: A8. Print. Newspaper article: without author (print format) Title of article. Title of Newspaper Date: Page number(s). Print. "Earth Day." The Vancouver Sun 17 Apr. 2006: E1+. Print. DATABASES: Magazine/Newspaper/Encyclopaedia article (e.g. Gale, Ebscohost, elibrary,...) Author s last name, first name. Title of article. Title of Magazine/Newspaper Date: Page number(s). Electronic Database Used. Web. Access Date: Day Month Year. Petrou, Michael, and Nicholas Kohler. Living in Terror. Maclean s 17 May 2010: Canadian Reference Centre. Web. 25 June "A Short Tour of Economic Theory: Why Trade is Good For You. The Economist 3 Oct. 1998: n. pag. elibrary Curriculum Edition. Web. Access Date: 15 June (eg. no page #) 4

5 Major, Kevin. Junior Canadian Encyclopedia (2002). 1 Jan elibrary. Web. 25 June (No Vol/Issue, no page # given) DATABASES: Articles from SCHOLARLY JOURNALS(e.g. Gale, Ebscohost, elibrary,... Note the parenthesis around the date) Author s last name, first name. Title of article. Title of Magazine/Newspaper Volume number. Issue number (Date): Page number(s). Electronic Database Used. Web. Access Date: Day Month Year. Acorn, Sonia. Emergency Shelters in Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Community Health 18.5 (Oct. 1993): Academic Search Premier. Web. 25 June (***NB - Date goes in parenthesis) World Wide Web (WWW, Internet) 1. Author s last name, first name. (*If available) 2. Title of the web page. 3. Title of the Website. 4. Name of Sponsoring Institution, 5. Modification Date: Day Month Year. (*If no date use n.d.) 6. Medium of publication. (Web.) 7. Access Date: Day Month Year. 8. URL or Network address <enclosed in angled brackets>. ***Line breaks go only after a single or double slash (/ or //)*** Internet site: with author Halsall, Paul. Introduction to the Medieval World. Internet History Sourcebooks Project. Fordham University, Web. 31 Jan < med15.html>. Internet site: without author South Asia: Afghanistan. Central Intelligence Agency: The World Factbook. CIA, 5 Oct Web. 15 June < geos/af.html>. 5

6 ebooks: Author s last name, first name. Title of article. ebook Title. Name of Editor(s). Edition. Volume. City: Publisher, Date. Page numbers. Name of ebook service. Web. Access Date: Day Month Year. (include Ed. ed. City Pub Date pg #s only if provided) Schueller, Gretel H. Adaptations for Aquatic Life. Grzimek s Animal Life Encyclopedia. Ed. Michael Hutchins et al. 2 nd ed. Vol. 12: Mammals I. Detroit: Gale, Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 June Inglesby, Thomas V. "Anthrax." World Book Student World Book. Web. 25 May

7 Abbreviations for Months of the Year: WORKS CITED ABBREVIATIONS GUIDE Jan January May May Sept. September Feb. February June June Oct. October Mar. March July July Nov. November Apr. April Aug. August Dec. December Common Scholarly Abbreviations: vols. volumes ed. edition ed. Editor (Ed. When used at the beginning of a sentence) comp. Compiler (Comp. When used at the beginning of a sentence) dir. Director (Dir. When used at the beginning of a sentence) distr. Distributor (Distr. When used at the beginning of a sentence) illus. Illustrator (Illus. When used at the beginning of a sentence) narr. Narrator (Narr. When used at the beginning of a sentence) perf. Performer (Perf. When used at the beginning of a sentence) fig. figure abr. abridged n.d. no date of publication n.p. no place of publication n. pag. no pagination (i.e. no page numbers) i.e. id est (that is, in other words) e.g. exempli gratia (for example) NB nota bene (take notice always capitalized) et al. et alii, et aliae, et alia (and others) ex. example 7

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