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When to Cite

Citations allow you to track and document where the information you've used in your research came from and to give other scholars/artists credit for their original work. These are some common situations that require citations:

  • A direct quote from a text.
  • A direct quote from someone else’s writing about that text.
  • A paraphrase of the ideas of another writer.
  • An image, audio, or video clip.

Helpful Links on Citations

Works Cited: A Quick Guide
Learn how to use the MLA practice template with this tutorial to create entries in the list of works cited.

Why are there so many citation styles?
MLA, APA, Chicago--ever wonder why there are so many citation styles? This link explains the reasoning behind the confusion.

Sample Papers in MLA Format
Confused about the formatting of your paper? Take a look at these samples so you don't get marked down for easy mistakes.

Formatting a Research Paper
A quick guide to formatting your paper, including what to do with the margins, font, headings, and works cited list.

MLA Citation Quick Reference Guide
Need to double check your citations? This printable guide is a summary of the MLA handbook and will give you examples for every style of citation.

 REED Citation Guide   

Citation Manuals

About Annotated Bibliographies

From the Purdue OWL:

bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "References" or "Works Cited" depending on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).

An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.

Find more information, including examples and citation formatting at the Purdue OWL here.

Citing Dance Videos using MLA

Dance DVD or VHS

Citations for film or video recordings usually begin with the title of the film:

   Title.  Director, choreographer, relevant performers (if any).  Distributor, date. Format.

However, if you’re citing the contribution of a particular individual, like a choreographer, you can begin with that person’s name.  For example:

   Jones, Bill T.  Still Here.  Dir. Alice Markowitz.  Films for the Humanities and Sciences,1997.  VHS.

Dance videos found online, such as through UbuWeb or On the Boards

If the online work you are citing was not born digital (i.e., is a digitized version of a film or live performance), begin your citation by following MLA’s citation recommendations for the original format.  Conclude your citation with:

1.  Title of the website (italicized)

2.  Medium of publication (Web)

3.  Date of access

It’s still ok to begin your citation with the name of the choreographer, if that is the individual whose contribution you are citing.  For example:

   Jones, Bill T. and Arnie Zane.  “Rotary Action.”  Alive From Off Center.  PBS.  15 July 1985.  UbuWeb.  Web.  13 November 2013.

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