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PPT from my Research 3: The MLA Format workshop.

PPT from my Research 3: The MLA Format workshop.



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  • An organization, founded in 1883, of over 30,000 teachers and scholars. Writing Style that governs Format, Punctuation, Quotations Documentations of Sources and Works Cited Used for Research Papers in many Undergraduate classes, including English Not the only format for research papers. Others: APA, Chicago, Turabian, and more!
  • 1 inch margins all around Double-spaced A header on each page in the upper right-hand corner, ½ inch below the top edge, that includes: Your last name The page number
  • Begin each entry at the left margin . Indent the second and all subsequent lines in a citation 1/2 inch (5 spaces if using a typewriter). This is called a hanging indention. Alphabetize citations by author’s last name if the author’s name is unknown, alphabetize by the first word in the title other than a definite or an indefinite article (“a”, “an”, “the”). End each citation with a period .
  • Quoting means to repeat another source word for word, using quotation marks “” Summarizing means to take the key ideas from another source and shorten them, using your own words Paraphrasing means to use the ideas from another source but put into your own words
  • Don’t fall into the trap of plagiarism! If the idea or information you are using did not originate in your own mind . . .
  • What type of source is this? Is it a whole book or part of a book? How do you know? Who is the author? Title? Etc.
  • Named author or editor (if given) Title of article or project accessed (in quotes) Any additional information required for a comparable type of source (e.g., title of online magazine) Title of database, periodical, or professional site (underlined). For site with no title use the designation Home Page. Date of material (if given) Page numbers or the number of paragraphs or numbered sections Page publisher, computer service, or organization sponsoring Web site Date you accessed the information URL (address of Web page) in angle brackets < >
  • Series that gather articles from other sources and combine them into one source. You will provide information about the source you found the article in and its original source. Questions to ask about the source: What type of source was the original? Has the original title been changed? NoodleTools can help you. When selecting the citation type, pick the original source’s type.

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