Citing the source of your argument provides your work credibility and the reader with more information to take your work further.

Being able to properly explain where the argument for your work originated is often just as important as the work you created is. Citations provide your work with a sense of trust that extends to the reader. Citations prove to enhance the credibility of what ever you may be exploring by displaying a well-researched message. Citations can tack themselves on to whole bodies of work or even single thoughts by well documented experts. Providing a citation in the proper form is often the most difficult portion. We need to write it in the form that best speaks to our audience. Whether you use a fully quote or paraphrase a source, a citation is needed.

The first step in forming a citation is to determine the proper style you wish to use. This is often based on the audience your work was created for. The most common forms of citation are the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). APA style follows an author-date form of citation. This means that the author’s name is followed by the year of the publication. MLA style follows more of a parenthetical citation form where you just state the source in parenthesis. This selection of worksheets will show you how to cite things as simple as movie and book titles, simple quotes. We will work up to writing a fully-fledged MLA and APA citation styles.

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Printable Citing Sources Worksheets

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Embedding Quotes

To embed a quote means to weave a quotation seamlessly into a sentence. The source of embedded quotes must be cited.

Citing Books Using MLA

Practice writing MLA citations correctly by filling out the worksheet below using books of your choice. Fill in the blanks. Then, on the lines below each entry, write the citation in the space provided.

Anthologies and Encyclopedias Using MLA

Practice writing MLA citations correctly by filling out the worksheet below using books of your choice. Fill in the blanks. Then, on the lines below each entry, write the citation in the space provided.

In-Text Citations

Add the appropriate citation after each sentence below. Use the source information provided. If needed, make up the page number.

Citing Sources from the Web

Practice writing MLA citations correctly by filling out the worksheet below using web sources of your choice.

Citing Print Periodicals

Practice writing MLA citations correctly by filling out the worksheet below using print periodical sources of your choice.

MLA Citations

Use the following to practice writing in-text MLA citations. Follow the directions below the passage.

Just Imagine

Imagine that you include the following sentence in your paper.

How to Do It

Are quotation marks needed in this sentence? If so, rewrite it to include quotation marks?

Embedding Quotes

To embed a quote means to weave a quotation seamlessly into a sentence. The source of embedded quotes must be cited.

The Passage

Use the following to practice writing in-text MLA citations. Follow the directions below the passage.

How to Get It Done!

In reference to the passage above, imagine that you include the following sentence in your paper.

Writing In Text Citations

Rewrite each in-text citation as indicated.

In the Text

Rewrite each in-text citation as indicated.

Rewrites

Rewrite to include the author's name in the reference only.