Avoiding plagiarism is a key component in any research paper you'll be asked to do for the rest of your life. While there are many ways to do this, properly citing your sources so your audience can credit information to the correct author, is one of the main ways. In our course we'll focus on MLA style.
Citing Electronic SourcesEdit
Most of the resources our class is likely to be using will be electronic in nature-- articles from websites, photographs, and videos. While it is advised to visit the Owl At Purdue writing centre for specific situations, here is what OWL has to say about the Works Cited entries for articles from webpages.
"A Page on a Web SiteEdit
For an individual page on a Web site, list the author or alias if known, followed by the information covered above for entire Web sites. Remember to use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publishing date is given.
"How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2009.
IN GENERAL: you can follow this format. PAY ATTENTION to where the periods and commas are. IF you don't know the author, leave it blank. IF you don't know the publisher name, write n.p. IF you don't know the publishing date, write n.d.
Author. "Article Name." Website Title. Version #. Publisher/Organization, date of article creation. Medium of Publication. Date of Access. URL.
Citing on Our WikiEdit
The first step is to create a heading at the bottom of each page that says "Works Cited", and include all your sources, properly cited (as explained above).
The second step, is to make sure that EVERY TIME you use someone else's information, at the end of the sentence/paragraph/etc., you put the author's first name in brackets with the page number. If there is no author, you can put the article title. Essentially, whatever you have first in the works cited section, so we can find where you got it really quickly.
The Third (Optional) Step
For those of you who want to make your page a little snazzier. It's similar to the way wikipedia does it-- and it looks cleaner because you just have a tiny little number stuck in your paragraph, instead of a lot of authors' names.
You write the authors name and page number (whatever you're using to cite) inside a <*ref> </ref*> tag in source mode (BE SURE TO TAKE OUT THE ASTERISKS).
Then in a section named Notes, you place the following code MINUS THE ASTERISKS:
Which will make a list of all the references you made in your article, which can then be traced to your works cited.
- ↑ Russel et al.
Russel, Tony, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli, Russell Keck, Joshua M. Paiz, Purdue OWL Staff. "MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications)". The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2013. Web. 11, Nov. 2013.