How to Cite Sources
Unless instructed otherwise, you should use the MLA format for sources listed on your Works Cited page or your Bibliography. Note that Sayre History Dept. requires the Chicago format. Be sure to check with your teacher to see which is required.
MLA Citation Maker
B. Citing Sayre Library Databases
How to Cite examples are found on each database Home Page.
Access databases from the Databases page.
World History/ Ancient
World History/ Modern
SIRS: Researcher and Decades
C. Examples of In-Text Citation
Follow these examples for the correct way to refer to sources within the body of your
1. OWL at Purdue
Format for MLA in-text citations
1. OWL at Purdue
This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.
2. Plagiarism Court: You Be The Judge
From Fairfield University, entertaining presentation on plagiarism.
Test your skills with a quiz.
3. Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize, Avoid It
Writing Tutorial Services at Indiana University gives examples of acceptable and
unacceptable paraphrases as well as strategies for avoiding plagiarism.
E. Citation Creation Tools:
Writing correct citations for all the sources you use may be challenging for two reasons: first, the format is revised from time to time; second, the information you need from web pages is often difficult to find. Therefore, you may want to use one of the bibliography creators listed below. They are not perfect, but they will get you started.
2. OSLIS Citation Maker
F. Checklist for Sayre Research Papers
Every paper you hand in at Sayre School involving research, from an analysis of a novel to a researched lab report to a full-blown research paper should, at a minimum, include the following items. Individual teachers may add, subtract, or revise this list as necessary.
___ 1. Name and Date
___ 2. Check List (this form, checked off)
___ 3. Title
___ 4. Citations ( specific information about where ideas have come from)
Citations may take the form of parentheses, footnotes, or end notes.
See "How to Cite" in the Research and Writing section of this website.
___ 5. Works Cited List (Bibliography)
See "How to Cite" examples in the Research and Writing section of this website.
___ 6. Proofreading
___ a. Revision as necessary (try reading paper aloud)
___ b. Complete sentences
___ c. Paragraphing
___ d. Spell-checking
___ 7. Honor Pledge and signature.