How to Cite a Place
The purpose of citing your sources is so that readers can know where you got your information and also to provide a sense of authority to you as a writer. In citing a location, you must include the name (if known) or some descriptive label, location address, date and medium title. Now depending on the style, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) or Modern Language Association (MLA), your citations may vary. However, the purpose is still the same: to provide your reader with as much information as possible to identify your source.
Get the address of the place you want to cite and any other relevant information. Remember, you are trying to provide your reader with information. If the landmark or place doesn't have a name, you need to attach a descriptive label to it and refer to it as such in your in-text citations.
Format your citation. If you were citing, for example, a baseball stadium, it would look something like this:
Fenway Park. 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 28 May 2010. Place.
Or, for a local restaurant, you would cite in this manner:
Smith, Robert. "Robert's Place." 2401 Red River, Austin. 3 Jan. 2001. Place.
Remain consistent with your in-text citations. For MLA formatting, your citation would look similar to this:
The placard on the wall inside read, "We love our fans" ("Fenway Park"). In Fenway Park, the placard read, "We Love Our Fans."
The same quote for APA could read,
In Fenway Park (2010), the placard read, "We Love Our Fans." The placard on the wall inside read, We Love Our Fans" ("Fenway Park," 2010).
- "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers"; Joseph Gibaldi; 2003
Lorraine Ramirez received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M International University. While teaching English at the secondary level, she writes education articles that deal with the joys and pains of teaching and uses her experiences in the classroom as her primary source of inspiration and reflection.