WHY SHOULD YOU CITE THE SOURCES YOU USE?
Whenever you do research, it is important to include a list of the
information resources you use. When you use someone else's ideas or
work, you must give them credit by citing your source of information.
Otherwise, you are stealing someone else's work! You also want to cite
your sources so that people know where to go to find out more information
about your topic.
Click here for an example of a works cited list.
HOW DO I CITE MY SOURCES?
Use the following format to create a list of the resources you used. This list
is called a "Works Cited" list. Find the type of information source you used,
then follow the instructions to list it in your "Works Cited" list. Be sure to use
the proper format and punctuation!
Author Last name, First name. Title. City of publication: Publisher, Copyright date.
Smith, John. The big book of libraries. Buffalo, NY: Happy Publishers, 2005.
Johnson, Julie and Melissa Gray. Caring for your pet. New York: Smith Publishing, 2006.
Author last name, first name (if there is one). “Article.” Encyclopedia name. Copyright date.
"Dogs." World Book Encyclopedia. 2004.
Parker, Kim. "New York State." New Book of Knowledge. 2002.
Online Magazine Articles
Author's last name, first name. "Article title." Magazine title. Publication date. Database
name. Date viewed <Website address>.
Gordan, David. "Alone on the Ice." National Geographic Kids. Feb 2005. SIRS Discoverer on the
Web. 6 June 2006 <//discoverer.sirs.com>.
Author last name, first name (if there is one). “Title of Article.” Magazine. Date: Pages.
Jones, Mary. "Snakes are fun!" National Geographic for Kids. May 22, 2005: 2-5.
"Benjamin Franklin." Cobblestone. Sept. 16, 2002: 7-9.
Author last name, first name (if there is one). “Title of Article or Page.” Date of publication or last
revision (if known). Name of sponsoring institution or organization. Date of access .
“Big Apple History.” 2005. Educational Broadcasting Corporation. Aug. 23, 2006
Newman, Aline Alexander. "Smart Animals." 2006. National Geographic for Kids. Aug. 23, 2006
Online Image or Sound
Description or title of image or sound. [Format- Online sound, online image, video clip etc.] Date
of visit or download. <Website address>.
Meet Jan Brett. [Online sound] 24 Sept. 2006. <//janbrett.com/activities_pages_audio.htm>.