Citation Guidelines Grade 5

Students need to give credit for the resources they have used, even in elementary school. Here are some simplified guidelines for elementary school students based on MLA 8 format which they will use in Middle and High School.

There is a Citation Maker available on the website EasyBib. Students type in the information, and the site generates a citation that can be copied and pasted into a Works Cited page, however this gives the full citation record, not the simplified one as listed below. It is available at: http://content.easybib.com/

For Grade 5

(Use italics when typing citations, underline when writing.)

Book
1. Names of the authors, last name, first name, and first name last name.
2. Title of the book, in italics.
3. Publisher,
4. The year the book was published.
Morris, Thomas, and George Smith. How to Code Apps. Adobe Press, 2017

Print Encyclopedia
1. Name of the author, if you can find it—last name first.
2. Title of article or chapter in quotation marks.
3. Name of the encyclopedia, in italics,
4. Volume number,
5. Publisher, 
6. Date of edition.

Fisher, Joseph. “Shark.” The World Book Encyclopedia, vol. 4, Astor Press, 2016. 

Online Encyclopedia or article
1. Name of the author, if you can find it—last name first.
2. Title of article in quotation marks.
3. Name of the encyclopedia, in italics.
4. Date last updated (day month year),
5. URL of the Web page.

Winters, Paul. “Abraham Lincoln.” Kid Stuff. 4 January 2017, http://kidsdb.com/abe.

Image from Web Page
1. Creator's last name, first name, if you can find it.
2. Title or description of Image or Page in quotation marks.
3. Name of Web site, in italics.
4. Year image was published.
3. URL of Web page.

Schrock, Kathy. “Butterfly.” Flickr. 2011, http://flicker.com/kathyschrock/345.html.

Web Page
1. Name of the author, if you can find it—last name first.
2. Title of Page in quotation marks.
3. Title of Web page, in italics, found in the address bar.
4. Date last updated (day month year),
5. URL of the Web page.

Atkins, Laurie. “Westside Spidermania!” Westside Elementary School. 28 July 2000. polk.ga.net.
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Mobile App
1. Name of the author, if you can find it – last name first.
2. Title of App in quotation marks. Version #,
3. Publisher, year.
4. Title of Website app downloaded from, in italics,
5. URL of the Webpage.

Brumaru, Ian. “iBiography.” Version 1.3, MobiAppBiz, 2017. Apple App Store, https://itunes.apple.com.

Magazine Article

1. Name of the author, if you can find it—last name first.
2. Title of article in quotation marks.
3. Magazine title, in italics.
4. Date of edition, month year.
5. Page.

Gambino, Megan. “Spirit of the Sea.” Smithsonian. September 2008: 34.

Interview
1. Name of person interviewed - last name first.
2. Kind of interview (personal interview, telephone interview).
3. Date of interview (day month year).

Barquist, Carmelita. Personal interview. 28 July 1999.

Sources: http://www.easybib.com/, http://www.schrockguide.net/uploads/3/9/2/2/392267/workscited_1_6.pdf