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Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Citing Your Sources

A library research guide to help write about comics/manga. This is a work-in-progress, so please let us know if you have any suggestions.

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Cite your sources!

For citation in general, go here for a step-by-step guide: Library Citation Guides

For citation tips that are specific to comic books and graphic novels, look at this guide from the Popular Culture Association: Comic Art in Scholarly Writing A Citation Guide

 

MLA Book

Fridell, Ron. Capital Punishment. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2004. Print. Open for Debate.

Information to Include:

Author. Book Title. Publication City: Publisher, year of publication. Medium. Series title (if applicable).

MLA Comic Book

A general MLA example looks like this (remember to indent the second line):

Fox, Gardner F. (w), Mike Sekowsky (p), and Bernard Sachs (i).] "The Wheel of Misfortune." Justice League of America #6 (Aug.-Sep. 1961), National    Comics Publications [DC Comics].

Abbreviations (these people are all listed on the title page of mainstream comics):

w = writer

p = penciller

i = inker

MLA Single Work in an Anthology

Males, Mike. "The Media Exaggerate the Problem of Youth Gun Violence." Guns and Violence. Ed. Laura K. Egendorf. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005. 54-61. Print. Current Controversies.

Information to Include:

Author. "Title of Work." Title of Book. Editor or Compiler. City of Publication: Publisher, date of publication. page numbers. Medium. Series title (if applicable).

MLA Journal Article in a Database

Agar, Michael. “Telling It Like You Think It Might Be: Narrative, Linguistic Anthropology, and the Complex Organization.” Emergence: Complexity and Organization 7.3-4 (2005): 23+. Academic OneFile. Web. 26 June 2008.

Information to Include:

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Journal vol #.issue # (year): page numbers. Name of Database. Medium. date accessed.

MLA Website

Travel and Tourism Annual Data for South Carolina (2007). South Carolina Statistical Abstract. S.C. Budget and Control Board, Office of Research and Statistics. 2009. Web. 10 June 2009.

Information to Include:

Name of author/compiler. Title of the work. Title of the overall Web site if distinct from title of the work. Version if given. Publisher of Web site (if not given, use N.p.). Date of publication (if not given, use n.d.). Medium of publication. Date of access.

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