Citing your sources is a must for any student. Teachers, parents and other students need to know where you found your information. This is important because we need to check and see if your information is legitimate. This means we need to check and see if it is real or not. We can do this by going to your source and checking the author, the research and our own knowledge of the subject. It also helps us find great information which you might have come across on your information adventure. That being said it can be confusing at first. You might ask yourself, “Where do I put the title? Or where do I find the author?” That is fine, we all did at one time in our lives.
This part here is a test to see if you are reading the information. This is not how to do it. This is the wrong way to cite your sources. Please do not follow this method! Keep reading for the right way.
Steps for citing a book.
- Open book
- Close book
This is the real way to cite a book.
- Get your book
- Look at the front of the book, the title should be there.
- Open the book and in the first few pages you should see small text with the publisher (the company that who made the book).
- The date of publication and publisher will be on this page.
This is the format for your citation using MLA 8.
Snicket, Lemony, and Brett Helquist. The Bad Beginning. Harper Collins, 1999.
The author is placed first, then the title of the book, the publisher is next and then the year the book was made.
This is a breakdown of the different parts.
1. Snicket, Lemony, and Brett Helquist. The Bad Beginning. Harper Collins, 1999.
The words in bold are the names of the authors. The last name goes first followed by a comma (,). This can be found on the cover of the book.
2. Snicket, Lemony, and Brett Helquist. The Bad Beginning. Harper Collins, 1999.
The title of the book. It is typed in italics press (CMD + I on a mac or CTRL + I on a pc before typing, then again to stop the italics).
3. Snicket, Lemony, and Brett Helquist. The Bad Beginning.Harper Collins, 1999.
4. Snicket, Lemony, and Brett Helquist. The Bad Beginning.Harper Collins, 1999.
The year the book was published.