A good rule to follow is to use the first thing that appears in your Works Cited page for your in-text citation.
To properly cite your information, use an in-text citation at the end of the sentence which includes information from an outside source.
Author and Page Number
sentence (NAME PAGE#).
- known author and a specific page
- Owls love to eat mice (Smith 2).
- multiple pages
- Owls love to eat mice and insects (Smith 2-3).
- directly reference author in sentence not use their name in the citation
- Smith verifies that owls love to eat mice (2).
No Known Author
use the first thing that appears in the citation in the Works Cited Page.
- is the title exceeds five words use the first three
- (“The Science of”) for a source entitled “The Science of Owl’s Diets”
- “Works Cited” centered at the top of the page
- double spaced
- alphabetical order
- hanging indent
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