Integrating Definitions

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.


For you, it will be focused on locating and integrating a definition on a superhero or supervillain.

This may come from a Dictionary.

So, how do we cite that? Let me demonstrate:

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This comes from

Now, how do I cite this?

  1. Write out a citation for the Works Cited Page.

For this, there is no given author, but there is a title. Like with Wikipedia, or any other encyclopedia, a dictionary citation gets its title from the term you looked up, in this case: “superhero”

“Superhero.” Merriam Webster. 24 June 2020.

Here I have the “title” and the website, plus the publisher, the URL, and Date of Access.

  1. Generate your in-text citation.

In-text citation is simply (“Superhero”).


Most people accept that Superman is a superhero, because he defined that genre. However, it does not hurt start by clearly defining what a superhero is. A superhero, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is “a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers / also: an exceptionally skillful or successful person” (“Superhero”). Well, based on just the opening version here on can qualify Superman as a superhero, he has superpowers. He can fly, he is invulnerable to most things, has heat ray vision, sees through most things, and is super fast.



BA in History from Northwestern State, MA in English from Northwestern State, and PhD in Rhetoric from Texas Woman's University. Big into comic books and visual rhetoric. Assistant Professor of English at Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC.

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