MLA Documentation Practice Worksheet
Using the information below, write correct parenthetical citations/documentations for each example in the parenthesis provided.
Example of a works cited page:
Donaldson, Sam. Bantering on Watergate. New York: Penguin Books, 1985.
Jennings, Peter. Pushing the Limits of Political Journalism. Washington: Greater Politics Press, 1994.
Smith, Charles. I Love Politics: A Guide to Discerning Reality. Chicago: Penn Press, 2001.
Xavier, Jason and Thomas Yater. Political Guide to the United States. New York: Ballantine, 2004.
Xavier, Jason. Somewhere in the Political Realm. New York: Ballantine, 2002.
1.) “He spoke to us in German and then left us behind” (Donald, 1985. Pg.45).
–from Donaldson’s Bantering on Watergate, page 45
2.) “I never thought of myself as proud”, says Jennings in his book Pushing the Limits of Political Journalism (Jennings, 1994. Pg.107).
–This source was located on page 107.
3.) “Politics is such an interesting field” (Smith, 2001. Pg.451).
–From Charles Smith’s book, page 451.
4.) “Enraged is how he felt after the episode” (Xavier, 2002. Pg. 233).
–From Jason Xavier’s book Somewhere in the Political Realm, page 233.
5.) In Political Guide to the United States, Xavier and Yaterexplore the idea that the U.S. is changing politically (Xavier & Yaterexplore, 2004. Pg. 544).
–From page 544 of this book.
Practice in text citations
1. Embed a portion of the following quotation in a sentence using the appropriate citation. Make up a page number for this exercise.
“Students can expect to find a wider variety of options available to them at college than they had in high school. They really have no idea what opportunities exist in the big wide world. The possibilities are endless.”
Smith, Snuffy. How to Go to College. Cleveland: Jones, 2005.
Ans: There is no reason to worry about the units you are studying in high school, in college is where you will specialize, because according to Smith (2005), “Students can expect to find a wider variety of options available to them at college than they had in high school. They really have no idea what opportunities exist in the big wide world. The possibilities are endless.”
2. Embed a portion of the following quote by introducing the author first and giving appropriate citation at the end of the quote. (Note: for the purposes of this worksheet, you may assume where the quotation came from within the page range given for each example.)
“Students who select colleges because of the potential for partying are often sadly disappointed when it comes time for them to actually begin a career. Most workplaces don’t have that many parties”
Ans: Yokum talks about how students who are about to join college should set their priorities straight. This because college is the first to you career, which means that “Students who select colleges because of the potential for partying are often sadly disappointed when it comes time for them to actually begin a career.” (2007)
3. Embed two or more sections of this quote in a passage you might write and give appropriate citation by using the ellipsis (…) to indicate the quotation has been abbreviated.
“Life, like any paper topic, neatly divides itself into three major categories—pre-college, college and post-college—each of which is determined primarily by the peculiar fears that dominate that stage. Of course, those unfortunates who never go to college are condemned to live out their impoverished lives experiencing only the pre-college and post-college stages.”
Crist, Steven G. and George Meyer, eds. “College and Fear.” The Harvard Lampoon Big Book of College Life. Garden City, New York: Dolphin, 1978. 62-63.
Ans: Every new experience in life is frightening mainly because we don’t know the outcomes, this also applies to college. That should not be a reason not to enjoy ourselves as life and college are two sides of the same coin, “Life, like any paper topic, neatly divides itself into three major categories—pre-college, college and post-college—each of which is determined primarily by the peculiar fears that dominate that stage…” (Crist & George, 1978).
4. Embed a quotation from a work by two authors, citing it only at the end of the quote.
“If you are considering a career in law, English is actually one of the best majors to consider as an undergraduate. The skills you learn in logic and analysis transfer well to disputation.”
Collins, Tara and Kelly Almond. How to be a Lawyer. Moab: Slickrock, 2006. 19.
Ans: Being a lawyer involves a lot of communication both verbal and written therefore, “If you are considering a career in law, English is actually one of the best majors to consider as an undergraduate. The skills you learn in logic and analysis transfer well to disputation.” (Collins & Kelly, 2006)
5. Embed elements of the same quote using the author’ names to introduce the quote.
According to Collins & Kelly, (2006), “If you are considering a career in law, English is actually one of the best majors to consider as an undergraduate. The skills you learn in logic and analysis transfer well to disputation.” This is because English is the main language used in law globally.
6. Use portions of this quote and include the author and title to introduce the quote.
“Naturalists often run afoul of wildlife while in the field. I myself had my leg chewed off by a puma after falling asleep at lunch one day. Thinking back, I wish I hadn’t had such a large lunch that day.”
Khlulus, I. M. “Fun with Wildlife.” Wilderness Ranger June 2004: 17-21.
Ans: Khlulus (2004) in the book Fun with Wildlife. “Naturalists often run afoul of wildlife while in the field.”
7. Paraphrase from the quote below and use an appropriate citation in a sentence of your own construction. (Paraphrase means to put the ideas of another person into your own words.)
“My most successful piece sold for $10,000. I showed it to this guy I was dating, and he was blown away that it had sold for so much because, to him, it looked like a scene of mud. I began showing in galleries while still in school.”
Benthin, Stefanie. “Successful Artists: You Can Be One Too.” Abstract Art Magazine Oct. 1991: 21+.
Ans: A lot of people don’t believe the pieces could go for $10,000, like I showed I sit to someone I was dating and the reaction was the same. Since it does not look shiny, I find it hard to convince people about the value since the time I was showcasing while still in school.
8. Embed a quotation from an interview that has no page number.
“I suggest that you study hard in college, but get a job too. Jobs teach much more than school ever does.”
Workman, Tom. Personal interview. 25 Feb. 2007.
Ans: Education as never been enough, one needs to top it up with some real-world experience, at least that is what Workman (2007), suggest from the personal interview, “I suggest that you study hard in college, but get a job too. Jobs teach much more than school ever does.”
9. Paraphrase from this quote from a presentation.
“The highest rated colleges this year are those specializing in technical fields. If you have skills in any area of technology, you can write your own ticket and work anywhere in the world.”
Albers, Joe. Presentation. Multiple Intelligences and Career Paths. Durango, 25 Feb. 2000.
Ans: Specializing in the technical fields has made a lot of colleges to be ranked highly, this is because having technological skills it is east to work anywhere around the world.
10. Paraphrase this quote from a video.
“I had a dual-major in communications and technology. When I was ready to graduate, I posted my resume on-line and got called for an interview the very next day.”
One Day. DeVry. 1999-2000.
Ans: After my Graduation I was called for an interview the next, just from posting my resume on-line, I realized a dual-major in communications and technology is proficient field.
11. Cite an online subscription for which you paraphrase a portion the following quote.
“There will always be a demand for teachers. Whether there will also always be a demand for public schools is an issue that will resolve itself within this generation.”
Sabu, Larry. “We Should Have Let Them Pray.” TeachingMay 2003: 3+. MAS Ultra School Edition. EbscoHost, Durango High School Media Center. 11 Mar. 2004 <www.epnet/3927_2/dustbunny/vacuum>.
Ans: Sabu (2004), affirms that the demand of teachers will never end.
12. Cite a website from which you paraphrase a portion of the following quotation:
“Whatever you do for work in life, the most important thing to remember is not how much money you make or how big a title you have, it is whether you look forward to getting up in the morning and doing it again. Money can buy things; things can be replaced. Titles can be bought, which makes them simply things.”
Guthrie, Woody. “Way Over Yonder in a Minor Key.” The Unofficial Woody Guthrie Homepage. 14 June 2006. The Wooden Box Society. 11 Mar. 2007 <www.woodenbox.org/unoff/index.htm>.
Ans: According to the Wooden Box Society (2007), anything that we engage in our lives it is important to understand that we are passionately enough to do the work and only looking at how money we make.
What is difficult about researching?
The most difficult and challenging aspect about research is finding the appropriate and legitimate sources. This is because there a lot of information on the internet and on the world in general which makes it hard from identifying the real stories from the fake ones.
How can you tell if a source is reliable?
Reliable sources can be distinguished from fake sources through various ways; like for example when looking at an organization or the government. This can be a reliable source only if the information is obtained from the official pages of such entities. Additional any reliable source should have the name of the author, a source that has no author or anonymous, then the source is unreliable. Also, for a source to be reliable the author should be known in their field of study, for instance Sigmund Freud in the psychological field, or Shakespeare in the art world. The author should also site other sources in his work so that is can be a proof of research; in other words, it is know as peer reviewed
What is the main advice you would give to another student on conducting research?
Not everything on the internet is reliable and real, choose wisely?