How to Cite Online Sources


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Which of the following would NOT be used when citing a journal article using MLA formatting?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a part of an APA citation when citing an online scholarly journal?

2. Why is use of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) preferred by those who use APA style citations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Citing online sources can be a confusing task in writing, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you determine what you know about the steps to doing so accurately. Some of the information you'll be quizzed on includes citing sources using MLA format, as well as a description of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) found in APA format.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass the quiz, make sure you know about:

  • Citing a journal article using MLA format
  • APA citations regarding online journals
  • Description of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • Academic writing's most common type of online reference
  • Two of the more common formats used for citing sources

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on citing online sources
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as MLA format and APA format
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common online references
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about citing online sources

Additional Learning

If you're interested in learning more about the formatting of online source citations, check out the lesson titled How to Cite Online Sources. It's there to make sure you know:

  • How source citation formatting is chosen for a particular piece of writing
  • Where to include the DOI in a source citation
  • What information must be in your citations regardless of the format chosen