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Writing Citations for the #FutureEd Initiative: Bibliography of Resources

Not sure how to compose a citation to add to the #FutureEd Initiative: Bibliography of Resources wiki? Fear not! Here's a quick guide to help you along your way. We’ll be following MLA (Modern Language Association) Formatting and Style on the bibliography and the Purdue Online Writing Lab has one of the best guides for creating MLA styles citations (and APA ones, too). Check out their MLA Citation Guide and the templates/examples of MLA style citations below.

And, don’t forget to include important keywords along with your citation. Keywords will help students, faculty and independent scholars interested in transforming high ed easily identify relevant resources in the bibliography.  When selecting the best keywords, you can take a look at what keywords have already been included in the bibliography to see if they fit your entry too or think about the individual words you might use in a Google search to find similar articles, blogs or books. Some examples of important keywords are: MOOC, pedagogy and assessment.

Templates and example citations in MLA style:


Book with more than one author

Template: Lastname, Firstname, and Firstname Lastname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Print.

Example: Davidson, Cathy N. and David Theo Goldberg. The Future of Thinking:  Learning Institutions in a Digital Age. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009. Web. Print.


Article in a scholarly journal

Template: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.

Example: Mazzolini, Margaret and Sarah Maddison. “When to jump in: The role of  the instructor in online discussion forums.” Computers & Education 49.2 (2007): 193-213. Web.

Electronic Sources

Blog entry

Template: Editor, screen name, author, or compiler name (if available). “Posting Title.” Name of Site. Version number (if available). Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher). Date of publication (formatted as: day Abbreviated Month. year). Medium of publication. Date of access.

Example: Wadewitz, Adrianne. “What I Learned Being the Worst Student in the Class.” HASTAC. 12 Aug. 2013. Web. 17 Dec. 2013.


Template: Lastname, Firstname (Twitter username). "Text of tweet." day Abbreviated Month. year, Time of Tweet a.m. or p.m. Tweet.

Example: Singer, Steven (stevensinger3). “Who Pays Teachers Best for their Time?” 11 Aug. 2013, 2:14 p.m. Tweet.



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