anonymous
  • anonymous
For a research paper, how would you do an MLA (seven) citing for this website: http://www.facinghistory.org/sites/facinghistory.org/files/giver.pdf
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jagatuba
  • jagatuba
I'm more of an APA expert, but I'm fairly sure that what I'm about to say applies to MLA as well. What you have at that link is a PDF file of a book. Even though it is electronic and found on a website, It is still EXACTLY like a print version of the book. Therefore cite it as you would a book, not a website. The fact that you retrieved it from a website does not matter because the page numbers and everything else are going to be represented exactly the same whether in print or online. @Redwood Girl is our resident MLA guru, so I'll make sure she looks at this when she comes online to either verify that I'm right or correct me.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Well, I have to say that when I was actively using MLA style, there was not the proliferation of sources that there is now online, so I am far less familiar with online citations. I would say that jagatuba is right for books that are simply presented somewhere online as PDF files, but this one seems not to have the typical publication info on the copyright page that I would expect to see -- there is a copyright line, but no ISBN. No library info. So perhaps this book has not been published through the normal channels? When I do a search on Amazon, this book does not come up. That confirms it for me. So the point of citation is to "freeze" the exact version of whatever it is you have been looking at (correct edition, if it's a book for instance) and to enable anyone else who cares to chase your sources to look it up as well. I'm thinking you'll need to cite it in conjunction with this website. Here's a good summary of citing online sources in MLA style -- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/ Note that in the first set of general guidelines, the third bullet point includes also book titles. Unfortunately, in the various subtypes that follow, books do not seem to be called out. However, the very first example at the top of the page is an example of a citation of a book published online. Try following that. Include the URL if your instructor wishes you to. Otherwise, you can leave it off. (See the introductory text on the page for that.) Be sure to save a copy of this online book for yourself. That's always a good idea when working with online sources.
anonymous
  • anonymous
If you visit http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/ it gives you almost everything you need to fill out for MLA. For this one, I believe you would choose the very last option on the left.

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jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Ah yes @Redwood Girl I wasn't pay as close attention as you. Yes, in APA if the book is informally published or unpublished or otherwise not available in print form, it's a different type of citation. Good catch.
anonymous
  • anonymous
My spider sense was tingling. :) I think I'm going to need to brush up on all this online citation business though. It's pretty much new territory for me. @byuckert, interesting site. I'm going to note that link down as well.
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Agreed @byuckert. That is a pretty cool site that I had never seen before.

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