Cite your evidence!

  • Whenever you use information you’ve found in a source, you need to explain where the information is from.
  • Introduce your evidence, meaning explain where your evidence is from, whether you are directly quoting or summarizing your source.
  • When you introduce evidence, give the author and the title of the source.  If an online soure, give the name of the website.
  • Sometimes authors’ names can be found at the bottom of the webpage.
  • Use MLA style to document your sources!  If you are citing an online source, you may not have a page number to include.

Examples of citing evidence:

The Monkey King is “probably the most beloved fictional character in the Eastern world,” according to Gene Yang’s webpage “Who is the Monkey King?”.

According to Gene Yang, the Monkey King is “like the Asian Mickey Mouse.”

On the webpage “About a Little Monkey:  The Origins of Journey to the West,” Karen Kane explains that scholarship attributes Journey to the West to Wu Cheng-en of Jiangsu Province.

Haiwang Yuan, author of the webpage “The Story of the Monkey King,” states that the Monkey King story is based on the real life of a monk named Xuan Zang who lived in the 600s.

Good starters (attributive tags) for citing evidence:

According to (author’s name)…

On the webpage (webpage’s name), (author’s name) writes…

(Author’s name) states that…

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