Fiction Essay Works Cited Page

This includes information for the Fiction and Poetry essays in my spring 2017 semester ENG 1002 class, but can also serve as an example for my LIT 2013 class. First off, here’s the main page about “Creating Works Cited Entries” link from IVCC’s Stylebook, and here’s a sample Works Cited page. Note the hanging tab (that extra indented white space before the extra lines of each entry) and how all the entries are alphabetized. Here’s how to format a hanging tab.

Fiction Essay Works Cited Page

Students are required to include the primary source (chosen short story), secondary academic source (Gale database article), and the editors of the textbook if you’re including information taken from the cultural context.

The below examples DO NOT include hanging tab formatting (that’s a nightmare for a blog) and are categorized as primary source, secondary source, and textbook cultural context

Primary Source:

Pond, Amy. “Traveling Through the Multiverse.” Literature and the Writing Process, edited by Elizabeth McMann et al., 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx.

Gale content written by Gale editors:

“Blackberry Winter.” Short Stories for Students, edited by Iva Mark Milne, vol. 8, Gale, 2000, pp. 1-23. Gale Virtual Reference Library, http://go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2695500012&it=r&asid=b31b87705ad5123852 5a58424b977ab9.

Gale content written specifically for the Gale series:

Metzger, Sheri. “Essay on ‘A Doll’s House.'” Drama for Students, edited by David Galens and Lynn Spampinato, vol. 1, Gale, 1998, pp. 116-19. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2692600 015&it=r&asid=3a27b5a54fefb19b5aec945fc4bfa233.

Gale content originally published in a journal:

Vedder, William. “Who is Jane?: The Intricate Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” Short Story Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 182, 2013, pp. 231-49. Short Story Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7COLPTFD849176101&asid=1fbf9212e6f c789a9206e1f72d7dae5c. Originally published in Arizona Quarterly, vol. 44, 1988, pp. 40-79.

Gale content originally published in a book:

Vernado, S. L. “The Idea of the Numinous in Gothic Literature.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Jennifer Baise, vol. 85, Gale, 1999, pp. 328-34. Literature Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CIOGEAM8 67694925&asid=1659d5f4bf66b42ec0be0e570c3503eb. Originally published in The Gothic Imagination: Essays in Dark Romanticism, edited by G. R. Thompson, Washington State UP, 1974, pp. 11-21

Content from textbook’s cultural context:

McMann, Elizabeth et al., eds. Literature and the Writing Process, 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx

Poetry Essay Works Cited Page

Students are expected to use one or two primary sources (your chosen poem(s)) that come from either our textbook or Poetry FoundationAdditionally, students must find a scholarly journal article from one of the library’s databases and an article from a reputable Internet source (there’s a list in Blackboard but common ones include Slate Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian).

The below examples DO NOT include hanging tab formatting (that’s a nightmare for a blog) and are categories as primary source, secondary source, and textbook cultural context

Primary Source from textbook:

Pond, Amy. “Traveling Through the Multiverse.” Literature and the Writing Process, edited by Elizabeth McMann et al., 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx.

Primary Source from Poetry Foundation:

Of-the-Southern-Isles, Hans. “My Frozen Heart.” Poetry Foundation, date last updated, url.

Secondary Reputable Internet Source:

Jasmine, Princess. “Because He Freed the Genie.” Slate Magazine, date last updated, url.

Academic Search Complete or Proquest

Granger, Hermione. “Evil Stops With Good.” Magical Wisdom Medical Associationvol. 5 issue 6, 2009. pp. 882-98. Academic Search Complete, url.

Issues and Controversies Secondary Source Article

Scully, William. “Grandson of CSM and Son of Spooky.” Issues & Controversies, 1999, url

Gale content written by Gale editors:

“Blackberry Winter.” Short Stories for Students, edited by Iva Mark Milne, vol. 8, Gale, 2000, pp. 1-23. Gale Virtual Reference Library, http://go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2695500012&it=r&asid=b31b87705ad5123852 5a58424b977ab9.

Gale content written specifically for the Gale series:

Metzger, Sheri. “Essay on ‘A Doll’s House.'” Drama for Students, edited by David Galens and Lynn Spampinato, vol. 1, Gale, 1998, pp. 116-19. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CCX2692600 015&it=r&asid=3a27b5a54fefb19b5aec945fc4bfa233.

Gale content originally published in a book:

Vernado, S. L. “The Idea of the Numinous in Gothic Literature.” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Jennifer Baise, vol. 85, Gale, 1999, pp. 328-34. Literature Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CIOGEAM8 67694925&asid=1659d5f4bf66b42ec0be0e570c3503eb. Originally published in The Gothic Imagination: Essays in Dark Romanticism, edited by G. R. Thompson, Washington State UP, 1974, pp. 11-21

Gale content originally published in a journal:

Vedder, William. “Who is Jane?: The Intricate Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” Short Story Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 182, 2013, pp. 231-49. Short Story Criticism Online, go.galegroup.com/ps/ i.do?p=LCO&sw=w&u=uiuc_ivcc&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7COLPTFD849176101&asid=1fbf9212e6f c789a9206e1f72d7dae5c. Originally published in Arizona Quarterly, vol. 44, 1988, pp. 40-79.

Content from textbook’s cultural context:

McMann, Elizabeth et al., eds. Literature and the Writing Process, 10th edition, Pearson, 2015. pp. xxx-xx

Fiction Essay Proofreading

While making the final revisions to and proofreading your Fiction Essay, be sure to check for the following:

Assignment Requirements:

  • Signal phrases attached to all quotes.
  • Quote sandwiches in body paragraphs.
  • Minimum of 3 quotes from primary source (short story) in essay body.
  • Minimum of 2 quotes from secondary source (library article) in essay body.
  • Two vocab terms used twice each.

Formatting:

  • Underline your vocab term.
  • “Title of Story/Article” in quotation marks.
  • Title of Journal or Database italicized.
  • Hanging tab indent on alphabetized Works Cited page.

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Fiction Essay Vocab List

A list of possible fiction essay vocab terms. Remember, you’re tasked with using at least two of these twice each in order to fulfill the expectation. In using your chosen term, you just have to include it within your language, no need to define the term (but that is okay as well).

Plot
Plot arc
Narrator
Exposition (expositional dialogue; expositional content)
Conflict
Crisis
Resolution
Flashback
In media res
Foreshadowing
Character
Character Motivation
Exposition
Foil
Internal conflict
External conflict
Protagonist
Antagonist
Main character
Round character / Dynamic character
Flat character / Static character
Setting
Geographic setting
Historical setting
Physical setting
Symbolism (symbol; symbolic)
Parallel (parallel meaning; parallel conflict)
Narrative point of view
Point of View
First-person POV
Third-person POV
Third-person general
Third-person limited
Third-person omniscient

MLA Works Cited Page Resources

Here is a list of core elements required in the eight edition MLA style guidelines (from the IVCC Stylebook) as well citation resource links, citation generation links, and a sample works cited page.

Core Elements of Work Cited Entries 

Click the name of the core element for more information on it.
1.    Author.
2.    Title of source.
3.    Title of container,
4.    Other contributors,
5.    Version,
6.    Number,
7.    Publisher,
8.    Publication date,
9.    Location.

Sample Works Cited Page, from IVCC Stylebook

MLA Works Cited Page Resources

IVCC Stylebook Works Cited Page link, includes examples and links to core elements
Jacob’s Library citation page

Purdue OWL Writing Lab Works Cited page
IVCC MLA 8th Edition PowerPoint

Citation Generation Tools

How to Summarize a Short Story’s Plot

When summarizing the majority or entire plot of a story, oftentimes appearing in the introduction of a literary analysis, it’s not necessary to include parenthetical documentation after each sentence. Instead, one should reference the author name and story title early in the paragraph, and then reference the author name a few more times during the summary. That ensures that readers are keenly aware that the writer is using a summary of the stated story written by the stated author.

Here’s a link to the IVCC Stylebook page that further explains MLA style summary and paraphrase citations.

Some aspects of the below example are misrepresented in order to provide a better example for the scenario of an ENG 1002 essay.

Plot Summary Example (no parenthetical documentation:

Written by Jennifer Lee, “Frozen is a short story about two sisters struggling to connect despite a childhood secret that is keeping them apart. Lee creates a symbolic setting for the sisters, a castle where both are isolated from loving connection, but only Elsa understands the true reason for their isolation. Ana eventually helps Elsa learn that love is more powerful than magical power, and Ana is rewarded with the sisterly connection she had been seeking for so long. Lee’s characters are royals in a magical, fairy-tale world, but their emotional disconnect from each other can be a stand-in for the emotional barrier social media places between the social interactions of modern individuals.

Notice how continued use of the author name keeps this summary from being considered plagiarism. And with a full plot-summary, most instructors don’t expect you to include the page numbers. If, however, you’re summarizing a short section, pages number may be necessary.

Fiction Essay Useful Resources

Hey #lee1002 and #leeonline, because I know it’s not always convenient to log into Blackboard, here a list of some useful resources you might be looking for while working on your Fiction Essay assignment.

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Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable PDF Assignment Sheet:  In a third-person essay, use one of the assigned short stories as a primary source and one scholarly secondary source from a Gale database to answer one of the following prompts:

  1. Analyze what a character could represent/symbolize in society, using both primary and secondary source support.
  2. Argue against the interpretation of your secondary source, using primary source support to back up your claims.
  3. Use a character analysis to argue the author’s social meaning or central theme of the piece.

SPRING 2017 Deadline

ENG 1002-07

  • Rough Draft due Feb. 23
  • Final Draft due March 2.

ENG 1002 online

  • Rough Draft due to group page noon Feb. 22
  • Rough Draft comments posted by 11:59 PM Feb. 24
  • Final Draft due 11:59 PM March 3

Citation Resources

IVCC Style Book Overview of MLA Style
Helpful Research Hints
MLA Citation Basics
Works Cited Page Information

Grading Resources

IVCC English Department Grading Standards
Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments

Library Links

Remember that you’ll need to log in if you’re not using a campus computer. When you reach the log in screen, you’ll enter 24611 + your student number + 01, and then enter your last name. The approved Gale links you should start with:

If you’re using a topic that is more social science than literature, try these two sites (sources must get special permission to be used):