How do I cite a pdf. for MLA?

I have found two pdf. page online but I don't know how to cite them MLA. Its for my works cited page.


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Were you not given a manual by your professor/faculty? Isn't there one you can download from your faculty's or institute's website? At my university, every institute has slightly different rules for citation. I definitely wouldn't trust automatic citation machines online.
    Also, what exactly is that pdf? The citation depends on the content type of document (journal article, website etc.) not on the file type.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • The format of the document (PDF, . docx, pptx etc.) really has nothing to do with it. It's about the type of article. Is this a scholarly source from a journal? A book section? A magazine article? A newspaper article? Identify what kind of material the actual source itself is and that will tell you what to search to figure out how to site it. PurdueOwl is a great resource once you've determined this.
    This is because the same source might be a PDF in one place, html text on a website in another, and printed in a book in another. So it has much more to do with the information itself.
    In general, you will be looking for, author, title of the article, title of the source (if it's from something larger like a magazine, journal, or book), publication information, access date (the date you found it), and sometimes editors if they're listed. The type of source will rearrange information or add details that don't apply to other sources. For example, you wouldn't need to put the issue number of a journal if you're citing a book.

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What Guys Said 8

  • did you try putting the link on that website?

    www.ezbib.com

    if not then you'll have to do it manually if the PDF sources everything you need to create a proper citation.

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    • Do you know the format for pdf. I rather do it myself by hand to make sure it correct.

    • I think I've avoided using any PDFs as cited work because they never offered everything I needed to create a proper citation.

      what do you mean format for pdf?

    • She thinks there's a specific MLA function for the document type versus the content type. Which is cute.

  • The pdf file format specifies nothing about the content of the file. The file could be a magazine article, a letter on professional letterhead or even a book. Each of these document types and others have a specified MLA citation format. Use the appropriate format for the file's content and add the URL for the pdf as the last element of the citation.

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  • Use the Harvard method or Vancouver method to cite. I prefer Vancouver method but whatevs suits your style.

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  • It depends on what they are. Is it a journal article? Is it a magazine article? Is it just a web page? The format for the citation depends on the content type, but they will all be very close.

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  • I like Citation machine
    http://www.citationmachine.net/
    Try that website

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  • Ask your librarian at your college.

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  • I think you already are a

    PDF file.

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What Girls Said 7

  • I check Purdue OWL and use Citation Machine. Even though I was s former library media specialist, citing sources can be confusing. There are different formats like MLA and APA, and each has a certain way to format different sources.

    For a PDF, scroll down to the "Digital Files" subtitle of the link below. It mentions PDFs in the subtitle if you have trouble seeing it.

    owl.English.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/09/

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  • A lot of times PDFs are from books or reports. So you could probably cite it the same way you'd cite a print source! Otherwise, I'd cite it as a website, because you found it online. :)

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  • You can look up the article there should be authors!

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  • Easybib. com is an amazing tool for citing and it will put in MLA format

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  • A pdf of what, generally I find pdfs of journal articles and just cite them as journal articles.

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  • What are the pdf. ? Are they journals, passages from books, articles, passages, statistics, or a research paper? You would usually site it as a journal, if it is a pdf. of a journal and likewise with other stuff.

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  • Citationmachine. com

    This better work xD hopefully

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