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General Format (one author)
Author’s last name, Author’s first name. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher’s name, date of publication. Medium of


Works Cited Example (one author)
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Penguin, 1986. Print.

In-Text Citation Examples
    1. Huck believes that “Col. Grangerford was a gentleman all over” (Twain 86).
    2. According to Twain, “there were things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth” (7).

                                            Article from an Online Database
General Format (one author)
Author’s last name, Author’s first name. “Title of Article.” Journal Volumenumber.Issue (Year): page number range.

        Title of Database. Web. Date you accessed the article.

Works Cited Example (one author)
Valkeakar, Tuire. “Huck, Twain, and the Freedman’s Shackles: Struggling with Huckleberry Finn Today.” Atlantis 28.2

        (2006): 29-43. EBSCO. Web. 5 January 2011.

In-text Citation Examples
    1. Some critics argue that Twain was unable to distance himself from the indoctrination he received as a child (Valkeakar
    2. According to Valkeakar, “the 1880s saw the collapse of civil rights for blacks as well as the publication of Huckleberry
       Finn” (29).
General Format
Author’s last name, Author’s first name. “Title of Webpage.” Title of Website. Publisher, date of publication. Web. Date you

        accessed the webpage.

Works Cited Example (one author)
Staskiewicz, Keith. “New Edition of “Huckleberry Finn’ to Lose the N-word.” CNN Entertainment, 5 January

        2011. Web. 5 January 2011.

In-Text Citation Examples
    1. Allen Gribben argues that his version is “not an attempt to neuter the classic” (Staskiewicz).
    2. Staskiewicz claims that “Twain’s book has been one of the most misunderstood novels of all time.”*

*For articles without page numbers like in example 2, mentioning the author’s name within the sentence is sufficient. No
parenthetical citation is required (i.e. there are no page numbers for you to cite).
                                                                                      Prepared by the Elon University Writing Center, January 2011
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