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evry1luvzaazngrl's avatar

How do I cite this online article in my essay?

Asked by evry1luvzaazngrl (268 points ) October 19th, 2010

How do I cite this in my ESSAY not my Work Cited Page? Here is the website http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15130461/

There is no author, the title is extremely long, and I feel like shortening it to “No ****” seems inappropriate for my essay, ha ha.
I want to know how I’m supposed to write it in my essay…for example:

“This is my sentence from the online article” (What do I put in here?).

EDIT* MLA format! I forgot to mention.

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Rarebear's avatar

Cite the article as a web link.

SuperMouse's avatar

The OWL at Purdue is the go to for this stuff. Good luck!

evry1luvzaazngrl's avatar

It says to shorten the title. Is it okay if I dismiss “No ****” in the title of my article?

SuperMouse's avatar

@evry1luvzaazngrl I use APA so I am unfamiliar with the detailed rules of MLA, but if I was doing an in-text citation of that article I would make it look like this: (Associated Press, para. xx). Since there was no author listed I would use Associated Press as I would use the author’s name then I would put the whole article on your Works Cited page. I hope that helps at least somewhat.

lilaznchikka's avatar

MLA: If there is no author’s name, then you can put the title in your work cited page

For instance,

“No ****, cleaning up after dogs is big business.” Associated Press. Oct. 2006. 20 Oct. 2010 <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15130461/>.

Hope this helps.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/index.php
Type all the information in the correct format at that website, and it will do it for you.

GeorgeGee's avatar

This source describes how to cite webpages in MLA style:
http://www.lib.wsc.ma.edu/webmla.htm

Foolaholic's avatar

I generally use Son of Citation Machine for MLA, but @Aesthetic_Mess has a great site up there too.

If you’re citing information in text, then you generally include the authors last name and page number in your citation, like so;
“This is a quote from Dr. Henry found on page 5” (Henry 5)

However, as you don’t have an author, then it’s acceptable to refer to the site itself in your citation. In your case, it would be (msnbc.com) ignore the link, the formatting did that on it’s own

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@Foolaholic is absolutely right about the in-text citations. Purdue OWL that @SuperMouse said is what I use too for other formats that might not be on the site I linked up there.

Foolaholic's avatar

The site I posted there is great for the three big formats: MLA, APA and Chicago.

I also want to give another vote for OWL Labs, it is without a doubt your best online resource for academic writing.

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