Do I need to cite Wikipedia?
Citation is not needed for fact-checking general knowledge. In any case, you should not cite Wikipedia itself, but the source provided; you should certainly look up the source yourself before citing it. If there is no source cited, consider a different method of obtaining this information.
How do you cite Wikipedia in-text MLA?
In-text citing Wikipedia articles is actually rather easy – you just need to put the name of the article in quotation marks, followed by the date when the article was published or “n.d.” in case you don’t know the publishing date. Then you need to put the whole construction into parenthesis.
How does Wikipedia cite their sources?
Citations for World Wide Web pages typically include:
- URL of the specific web page where the referenced content can be found.
- name of the author(s)
- title of the article.
- title or domain name of the website.
- publisher, if known.
- date of publication.
- page number(s) (if applicable)
How do you cite an essay example?
MLA: Parenthetical In-Text Citations
- General Form: (Author Last Name Page #)
- Example: (Smith 42)
- Example: (Smith 43, 12)
- General Form: (Author Last, “Title Fragment” Page #) or (Author Last, Title Fragment Page #)
- Examples: (Smith, “Who Moved” 42) or (Smith, Big Changes 172)
Why is it important to use outside sources in an essay?
When you include outside sources in your writing it indicates to your reader that you are basing your opinions on more than a personal, surface knowledge of the subject. Including source material shows your reader you are at least somewhat knowledgeable about the facts and background of your subject.
How are outside sources helpful?
Using Outside Sources. In academic research, writers find ideas and inspiration in the work of others who have previously studied and written on a subject. When a writer uses the words and ideas of others, honesty obligates the writer to acknowledge the sources of those words and ideas.