This video will show you how to avoid a common problem with in-text citations for sources
with no authors.
In this example, I have cited a paraphrase.
I've said that babies are considered nutritionally ready for solid foods by the American Academy
So I've mentioned the source in the sentence.
So I'm not sure what my next step is.
So usually a source for MLA format, you cite the author and the page number.
But this source doesn't list an author.
So the question is, what else do I need to say?
Well, a citation in MLA format has 2 purposes.
One purpose is to give credit to person who originally came up with the idea or the wording.
I've done that, I said American Academy of Pediatrics came up with this.
But the second purpose is to make it easy for a reader to find that source one your
works cited page so that they can look it up themselves.
Now this citation doesn't do that for the reader.
In fact, right, if I go here on the works cited page, if I'm looking under A for "American,"
I don't see anything.
And I might wonder if this source was on the works cited page at all.
Now if I go through and read, I might actually find it here.
"Switching to Solid Foods," which is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Okay, so it's not impossible for the reader to find this, but it is difficult.
So what you want to do is you want to make things easy on your reader, so you just put
the title of the article there.
Whatever is at the beginning of that works entry, that's what goes in your in-text citation,
whether that's the author or title, it's whatever is at the beginning of that works cited entry.
Then the reader can easily go to the works cited page, scroll down to S for "Switching,"
and find that on their own.
Thank you very much!