SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
TOOLS FOR DOCUMENTING AND CITING YOUR RESOURCES
There are a few really important things
to keep in mind as you do your research:
1) Use sources that provide accurate, relevant, and current information.
Accurate means it is correct.
Relevant means it matters.
Current means it is up-to-date.
2) You must give credit to the sources that you use. In fancy-dancy
language we call this "documenting your sources." To do this, you
include a special page at the end of your project called a "Works
Cited" page. See below for help.
3) You may NOT take information from a source word for word. You must
use your own words to explain what you learn from the sources that you
use. Taking information word for word and/or not giving credit to
sources that you use is called PLAGIARISM and it is illegal.
4) Use an app or website helper like EasyBib to help
create your list of sources.
OLD STUFF BELOW: Still helpful, but not as updated and
easy as EasyBib
MIDDLE SCHOOL RESEARCH
WRITE A WORKS CITED PAGE & SAMPLE WORKS CITED (2 pages)
website lets you plug in basic information about your source and
then tells you how it should look for your Works Cited page!
Read the hints below to use this tool correctly:
- For citations we use MLA style - you will see the choices
when you go to the Citation Machine website. They are on the
- After you click on MLA you will choose from Print and
Non-Print sources. Just below it says, "<see more>" - you need
to click on that to see all the different types of sources.
- Figure out what kind of source you are trying to cite
(book, article from a database, government publication, TV or
radio program, etc.) and click on it in the list on the left.
- Then carefully fill in the information as best you can.
Sometimes you will not know all the information asked for. That
is okay. Just put in whatever you have.
- Click submit. The website will then give you the citation.
All you need to do is copy/paste this into a Word document.
- Once you paste it into Word you will need to put a proper
heading on your document and put the words Works Cited centered
above all your sources.
- You will also need to make all your sources have a "hanging
indent." To do this you: highlight the source, go to Format
menu, select Paragraph, change the indent marked "special" from
"none" to "hanging."
- Don't forget that you must also alphabetize your list of
sources by the first word. Ignore the word "the."
- Also remember to put a period "." at the end of each source
- Still confused? No biggie - come see Ms. K and she will help
you until it is perfect!
- If you have suggestions of how to improve these
instructions, let me know and I will try to make them better!
- Happy Researching! Feel free to email or IM Ms. K with
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