Dealing with Online Sources in MLA

Since a lot of the information we are getting comes from ONLINE sources I want to look at what it is you need to look for when looking at online sources.

Here is what the OWL at Purdue has:

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There is quite a lot here and for what we look for online we will NOT always find ALL of this. We want to find what we can, and this will depend on the source.

For example, let’s say I look up a definition of “superhero” and want to quote it in my paper.

How do I create a works cited page? How do I then cite it in my text itself.

Let’s start by turning that stuff given to us by the OWL at Purdue and turn it into a fill-in-the blank. For everything I find I will fill it in. For what I don’t find I will mark NA and leave out.

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The definition of a superhero by Merriam Webster dictionary online is where I will look as my source:

______NA______       Author and/or editor names (if available); last names first.

___”superhero”___      “Article name in quotation marks.”

Merriam-Webster.comTitle of the website, project, or book in italics.

_____NA________      Any version numbers available, including editions (ed.), revisions, posting dates, volumes (vol.), or issue numbers (no.).

Merriam Webster__NA_ Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.

____NA________Take note of any page numbers (p. or pp.) or paragraph numbers (par. or pars.).

____________ URL (without the https://) DOI or permalink.

_Accessed on 29 Oct. 2018_Date you accessed the material (Date Accessed)—While not required, it is highly recommended, especially when dealing with pages that change frequently or do not have a visible copyright date.

Now, I take this information and write it out as it should appear in the citation, in the order I have it above, omitting the information I marked “NA”.

Here is what my citation should look like:

“superhero.” Merriam Webster. https://www.merriam- Accessed on 29 Oct. 2018.

To form the in-text citations I simply take what is on the first line, farthest to the left. In this case it is “superhero.” This, when I summarize, paraphrase, or quote from the source will be placed in parenthesis like so: (“superhero”).



Pedagogy Conference: Oct. 30th and 31st

On Tuesday (Oct. 30) and Wednesday (Oct. 31), Claflin University is holding its 17th Annual Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Post Secondary Institutions her at Claflin University.

Conference will take place in Ministers’ Hall with a Theme focusing on Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum – full schedule below and PDF copy as well.

For you, this means TWO opportunities for BONUS POINTS.

Opportunity 1: Read over the list of presentations and find one that looks interesting to you (Please note that presentations take place in panels with multiple presentations. If you attend, please stay for entire panel. Each panel is roughly 1 hr and 15 min is the length of each panel) and attend it. Take notes during presentation.

Special Note: I am giving a presentation on Wednesday afternoon between 3:45 – 5:00 PM

Afterwards, use this information to write a 1-page summary and analysis of the presentation using the template below.

You will need to then turn this in to Moodle before 11:59 PM on Friday, Nov. 2 to receive the points.

Pedagogy Conference Extra-Point Assignment

Opportunity 2: During your normal class time on either Tuesday or Wednesday I will bet in the conference. Find me and watch a presentation/panel and sign the roster sheet for additional bonus points. This sign up sheet will be available during my presentation on Wednesday afternoon

Conference Schedule

PDF COPY: Sessions Schedule 2018 FINALOctober 26-2018


Peer Review – Essay 3


For this essay you want to look closely at the following:

  1. Is there strong thesis statement, one that clearly indicates what you are describing for us and why?

  2. Is there a good and solid definition of superhero or supervillain or otherwise provided to us?

  3. Is there good, strong research provided that helps lay out credible reporting on the topic?

  4. Is there a good use of sources, integrated, cited, and explained?

– Check also for grammar and other proofing errors as well.

– Provide any constructive feedback you may wish to impart.

Integrating a Definition

After your introduction and thesis, you need to find and integrate a definition to work from concerning your superhero, supervillain, or anti-hero. Here is an example of a work up of the definitions of comics from Scott McCloud.

Integrating a Definition