How to do MLA citations for Annotated Bibliographies and Works Cited Pages

1) If you used articles from Issues and Controversies, all you have to do is copy and paste from the box at the bottom of the article and make it “hang” so that the format is correct.

Example: Copy and Paste

“Social Media and Free Speech: Should Social Media Companies Do More to Combat Disinformation and Extremism on Their Platforms?” Issues & Controversies, Infobase, 30 Mar. 2020, https://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=19418. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

Then, in MS Word

Highlight the citation

Click on the teeny little arrow to the right of the word Paragraph in the Home bar

(It should say Paragraph Settings)

Under special, click the down arrow

Then click hanging

Then click OK

Then it should look like this:

“Social Media and Free Speech: Should Social Media Companies Do More to Combat Disinformation and Extremism on Their Platforms?” Issues & Controversies, Infobase, 30 Mar. 2020, https://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=19418. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

Please notice the difference between this:

“Social Media and Free Speech: Should Social Media Companies Do More to Combat Disinformation and Extremism on Their Platforms?” Issues & Controversies, Infobase, 30 Mar. 2020, https://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=19418. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

And this:

“Social Media and Free Speech: Should Social Media Companies Do More to Combat Disinformation and Extremism on Their Platforms?” Issues & Controversies, Infobase, 30 Mar. 2020, https://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=19418. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

In google docs, it’s something like…

Format

Align and Indent

Special – Hanging- OK

2) If you got your article from somewhere other than a library database (ex on Article of the Week or you just googled it) then you will need to write your own citation.

Here’s the format:

Author’s name. “Title of the article.” Publication information. Date Accessed.

Author’s name = last name, first name

Publication information = name of publication and the date it was originally published

Date Accessed is when YOU found it.

So, for example,

Murphy, Coral “You Might Just Be Addicted: Smartphone Use Physically Affects Your Brain, Study Says” USA Today, February 19, 2020. Accessed March 9, 2020

IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN AUTHOR’s name, then omit the author and list the article alphabetically according to the title

For example:

“High Protein Diets.” American Heart Association. American Heart Association, 2014. Accessed 25 Apr. 2019.

There ARE citation websites that will help you. For example, Owl Purdue (just google it)