MLA/APA Workshop

a.k.a. Works Cited, References, Bibliography, Citations

Pair discussion # 1: Why are teachers bringing you here for this workshop?

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Challenge #1: Why do we use references?

References are


  1. an acknowledgement of where you got your information
  2. a signpost to others to find great resources
  3. evidence of your credibility
  4. all of the above


Pair discussion #2: Who do you want to be?

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Why don't students always do citations? What happens when you take shortcuts or the easy way out?


Or how would you feel if this situation happened to someone in your family?

Challenge #2

Which format will you be using for this class?
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Challenge #3

Look at Source It. Locate how to:


  • format a page (i.e., margin, header, spacing, font)
  • create an embedded citation (i.e., what information needs to be included)
  • consult an example essay (see how to title the last page of your essay)

Challenge #4

  • BibMe vs EasyBib -Which one is better? How do they work?
  • Is there an app for creating bibliographies?

  • Go to Citation Maker. Match the source you would use for each of the following items:
  1. an multi-volume encyclopedia
  2. a short story
  3. a print newspaper article
  4. an article on a website
  5. a YouTube video

STOP HERE! (Wait for next instructions.)

Go for the Epic Win!

Use Citation Maker and create properly formatted references or works cited for the following items:
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Bonus: Challenge #5

What does the circled CC in the photo below mean? What's the best way to find out the answer?


What is "common knowledge"?

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For further reading... ; )

Image Credit

A, Nisha. Stealing on Flickr Continues. 2007. Flickr. Web. 28 Mar. 2013. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/samiksha/445070705/in/photostream>.


Interior Of Toronto Reference Library. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 28 Mar 2013. http://quest.eb.com/images/167_3990073


Mario image from Haiku Deck. App. 16 Sept 2013.


Wooden graduate image from Haiku Deck. App. 28 Mar. 2013.


FMSS Library. Referencing. PowerPoint. 2012.