There are two kinds of citations in MLA style: in-text and works cited.
In-text citations (sometimes called parenthetical) are short and succint; they are used in the body of your paper (or PowerPoint), to let your readers know which source a certain point of information came from. They typically include:
For specific help with in-text citations, consult these sites:
Works cited citations contain the complete publication information for all of the sources you mention in the body of your work. They are generally at the very end of your work on the last page, or the last slide.
For specific help with works cited citations, consult these sites, which can help you verify what a citation generator gives you:
As you incorporate outside writings into your final project, you will need to be sure to properly attribute the sources that you used.
Library databases very often provide you with an easy way to get a citation for a work you're using. It's as simple as a few clicks of a button.
HOWEVER, while these citation generators get much of the citation correct, they are not guaranteed to be perfect; it's a 'bot,' not a human expert that puts the citation together. You will likely need to fix/add to the generated citation to get it right!
For articles, follow this example:
For videos, follow this structure:
When you use the citation generator in Dance Online, there are two fairly consistent problems:
For example, this citation has both extra commas and extra periods, and includes the http:// in the URL
This citation would be closer to following MLA citation style, though it needs a hanging-indent:
"Anna Sokolow: Speaking of Dance." Directed by Douglas Rosenberg, Charles L. Reinhart, and Stephanie Reinhart, American Dance Festival, 1992. Alexander Street, video-alexanderstreet-com.proxy.bsu/edu/watch/anna-sokolow-speaking-of-dance.
So the citation generator still makes the process quicker, by providing you with all the names and titles and dates that are important. You just need to make a few adjustments!
The MLA citation style resources are helpful for verifying the correct format.