When you see a painting by Van Gogh, you know it is a Van Gogh. Although, sometimes when we see a piece of art, it is necessary to look at the signature. Artists tend to inspire other artists as well. Often, artists create pieces that are inspired from other artist’s work. It is still important, however, to recognize the original artist’s work.
This is true for referencing writer’s work as well. When we read something and take a quote to include in our own writing, it is necessary to provide a reference to the original author. This is not plagiarizing work but recognizing the original author. Plagiarizing work means you are copying someone’s writing and taking credit.
Writers also need to state where they found out information so readers know that the facts are true. Being able to “cite a reference” is an important skill as a writer. Don’t worry – there are rules to follow to make the task easier
APA Style: Author’s last name, author’s first initial. (Date published). Book title (Edition). City: Publisher.
Example: Brett, J. (1989). The mittens: a Ukranian folktale. New York: Putnam.
MLA Style: Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.
Example: Brett, J. The Mittens: A Ukranian Folktale. New York: Putnam, 1989.
You can find all the information you need for the reference by looking on the back of the jacket cover or back of the first page of the book.
APA Style: Author’s last name, author’s first initial. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Magazine, Volume number (Issue number), page number(s).
Example: Dobbs, D. Beautiful brains.National Geographic (Oct., 2011): pp. 37-59.
MLA Style: Author’s last name, author’s first name. “Title of the Article.” Title of Magazine date of publication (day, month, year): page number(s).
Example: Dobbs, D. “Beautiful Brains.” National Geographic (Oct., 2011): pp. 37-59.
APA Style: Last Name of Author, First Name Initial. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Retrieved from URL
Example: History.com Staff (2009).Tutankhamen. A&E Networks. Retrieved from http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/tutankhamen.
MLA Style: Last Name of the Author, First Name Initial. “Article Title.”Website Title. Website Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Url address. Date Month Year Accessed.
Example (no author or publish date is listed – MLA style): “Elephants.” National Geographic Kids. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/elephants/.Accessed February 8, 2017.
APA Style: Last Name of Author, First Name Initial. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. [Web log post]. Retrieved from URL.
Example: Bell, J. (2017, February 6). 198 new Learn360 titles added in January. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.prn.bc.ca/digmore/2017/02/06/198-new-learn360-titles-added-in-january/.
MLA Style: Last Name of Author, First Initial. “Article Title.” Website/Blog Title. Website Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Url address. Date. Month. Year Accessed.
Example: Bell, J. “198 new Learn360 titles added in January.” Digmore Blog Post. February 6, 2017. http://www.prn.bc.ca/digmore/2017/02/06/198-new-learn360-titles-added-in-january/. Accessed February 10, 2017.
Mrs. Laychuk’s NPSS library website provides students with many writing tools and helpful links such as how to document papers in MLA format, find sample resumes, and access ProQuest.