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ENGWR 302 (Rangel)

ENGWR 302 (Rangel)

Cite Your Sources

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MLA Format

The key to citing any source is to:
  1. be consistent in style and format;
  2. have a clear and neat format;
  3. present sufficient information for a reader to identify and find the work or cited passage;
  4. NOT make up your own rules.

For citing material from the Web, two additional pieces of information are usually needed:

  1. the electronic address or URL of the site (e.g. http://...)
  2. the date you accessed the site or database

Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated bibliographies include citation information as well as brief descriptions, or “annotations,” for each source.

Annotations should:


  •  What is the source about?
  •  What main points does the author make?


  • How useful is the source?
  • Is the information reliable?

Annotated bibliographies should be formatted like a list of works cited, with double spacing and hanging indentation. Begin each annotation immediately after the period at the end of each citation:

Simard, Suzanne. How Trees Talk to Each Other. TED, June 2016. suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other.

In this TED talk, Dr. Simard discusses the ways in which trees are biologically interconnected, and how they share information about things

like soil nutrients, water availability, and more. I can use this information in my paper as an example of nature’s…

London, Herbert. “Five Myths of the Television Age.” Television Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 1, Mar. 1982, pp. 81-69. Herbert London, the Dean of

Journalism at New York University and author of several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have been selected to contradict such truisms as: “seeing is believing”; “a picture is worth a thousand words”; and “satisfaction is its own reward.” London uses logical arguments to support his ideas which are his personal opinion. He does not refer to any previous works on the topic. London’s style and vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader. The article clearly illustrates London’s points, but does not explore their implications leaving the reader with many unanswered questions.

Adapted from:

"How to Write Annotated Bibliographies." Memorial University Libraries, Accessed 29 June 2016.