Using MLA Format - "How do I Cite a Website?"

For your research paper in the Video Project, you must have at least 5 sources in MLA Format.

But, how do I cite websites?

If you quote fewer than 200 words from any source you are within the rules of "fair use" and do not have to ask permission of the work's author/editor to cite them in a scholarly paper. But you do still have to cite the source in a works cited page.

Use KnightCite or EasyBib to help, but the Works Cited page should look like this:
Name of site owner, author or editor. Title of Web Site, Date of latest posting, if available. Online.
Internet. Name of organization sponsoring Web site. Access or printout date .
For example, an article from the New York Times website:
Gentelman, Jeffery. "Rwandan Fugitive Is Captured in Uganda ." New York Times, Oct. 2209. Web. 6 Oct. 2009 .

If you are missing any information from the website and can not find it, you can leave it blank. Please provide as much information as possible. But, you should also be considering whether the source is a reliable one if you can not find an author name. Does that maybe require you to head to the library and find a book that can help?

You need to have both the reference in your paper AND the Works Cited Page.

When you refer to an idea in a paper, even if it is not a direct quotation, you should reference the person from whom you got the idea.

To do that you would need to put in parenthesis the name of the author (or if the name of the author is unclear the name of the website) at the end of the sentence you wrote:
Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals" (Burke 3).
Then in your Works Cited page you will have an entry with Burke's name listed where the reader can check to see what source you used.

Good luck! Please come to me during class or tutoring for help. I can also be reached through email. Don't claim ignorance on this. Having a paper without sources is cheating! And you will need to redo the paper before you receive a grade from me. I will not tolerate it. If you try that in college you may be expelled from school. It is a very serious offense. But, I am hear to teach you to do it the right way. When you get to AP, Dual Credit or College you will have the skills needed to succeed.

For more information see the You Tube video below:

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