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How would I cite the novel 1984 or a website in an MLA works cited page?

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tjean | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 11, 2007 at 3:55 AM via web

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How would I cite the novel 1984 or a website in an MLA works cited page?

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angelacress | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted April 11, 2007 at 4:26 AM (Answer #1)

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A novel should always be cited in the following format:

Last name, First Name. Title. City: Publisher, Year.

For 1984 that would look like this:

Orwell, George. 1984. London: Secker and Warburg, 1949.

As for the electronic citation, it would depend on the webpage and its contents. I can at least give you a general citation for webpages according to the MLA style (the style always used for literary papers):

Complete publication information may not be available for a Web site; provide what is given.

Title of the Site. Editor. Date and/or Version Number. Name of Sponsoring Institution. Date of Access .

For example:
Encyclopedia Mythica. 2004. 13 May 2004 .


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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM (Answer #3)

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Last name first name title country publisher year. However nowadays it is easier to use websites to help you like citationmachine.net

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bmrasmussen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 19, 2015 at 10:41 PM (Answer #4)

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MLA requires two different parts to proper citation.  Unless your instructor has said otherwise, you should do these two things:

1.  In-text citation:  Right after you quote a passage from a book, or otherwise cite part of a written work, you should use parenthetical citations.  That means that you put the author's name in parentheses and then the page number the information came from.  In your case, this might look something like this:  (Orwell, 14).  If you quoted, make sure the parentheses fall outside the quote marks.  If you've cited the same author once already, and haven't cited anyone else since, you can just put the page number without the author's name  - for example:  (26).  

2.  You should also use a works-cited page to list all the sources you used.  In MLA format, there is a specific order you have to list the information in.  The standard format looks like this:

Last name, First Name.  Title.  City: Publisher.  Year.

For 1984, you would fill in each of the pieces of information like this:

Orwell, George. 1984. London: Secker and Warburg, 1949.

Be sure you cite all your sources in this way.  

If you get stuck, you can check the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) to get MLA format for almost any type of source, including different types of web pages.  It's a great resource.  


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