MLA Format:Basic Things to Know
When you report on research,you must explain where yougot your information, so that
your reader can check to see ifyou are right.
On the last page of your paper,you list all your sources ofinformation. In APA format, thispage is titled “References.”In ...
Then, in the body of  your paper, you  provide in-text     citations.
The in-text citations showthe reader where to look for the source on your “Works          Cited” list.
The important thing is tomake it easy for your readerto find the source on the“Works Cited” list.
For this reason, your in-textcitation must begin with thesame words that begin yourentry on the “Works Cited”list.
Now we will look at some basicmodels for the entries on your“Works Cited” list.
Here is the model for abook:
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place   of Publication: Publisher, Year of   Publication. Medium of Publication.
“Medium of publication” meansprint (for a paper book,newspaper or magazine) or Webif the source is online.
You will find thepublisher, place ofpublication and yearof publication on theinside of the book’stitle page.
Here is the titlepage:                    N
Turn the page and look at theother side of the title page:
Tan, Amy. The Hundred SecretSenses. New York: RandomHouse, 1995. Print.
Here is the model for an articleor essay from a collection. Youwould use this model to cite areading from our text,Sourcew...
Last name, First name. "Title of Essay."Title of Collection. Ed. EditorsName(s). Place of      Publication:Publisher, Year...
Ma, Yo-Yo. “Paths of Globalizationfrom Berbers to Bach."Sourcework: Academic WritingFrom Sources. Ed. Nancy ElDollahite Ju...
Tips to remember:*Copy the punctuation exactly.*If information is missing, leaveit out and go on to the nextthing.
Here is the model forperiodical (a newspaperor magazine):
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical       Day Month Year: pages. Medium ofpublication.
"Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.”  Time 30 June 1947:1. Print.  (Note that there is no author given,  so the title of the arti...
Notice that: *All dates are in MLA format.*If you don’t know the author, you     omit it and go to the title.
Here is the model for apage on a Web site:
Author’s Name (if available). “Title of Web   Page.” Name of Site. Name of institution   or organization affiliated with t...
Now, let’s try it:
The title of this page, or article,is “What Do BuddhistsBelieve?” The author’s name isBarbara O’Brien. Barbara is herfirst...
O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists Believe?”   Name of Site. Name of institution/organization   affiliated with the site...
Now, you need to find the name ofthe main website:Remember that pages of a websiteare like the pages in a book.The name of...
To find the main website, erasethe URL back to the first single / :
http://buddhism.about.com/od/introductiontobuddhism/a/budbeliefs.htm
O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists   Believe?” About.com. Buddhism. Name   of institution/organization affiliated with  ...
Next, you need to figure out  who is responsible for this  website. It may be an  institution or organization.  The a name...
In this case, we see it atthe bottom of the page.
O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists   Believe?” About.com. Buddhism. The   New York Times Company, date of   resource cre...
Next, you need to find the date  that the page your are citing  was created.  To do this, go back to your  original long U...
http://buddhism.about.com/od/introductiontobuddhism/a/budbeliefs.htm
The date may not be there. If it  is not, use “n.d,” which  stands for “no date.”
O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists   Believe?” About.com. Buddhism. The   New York Times Company, n.d. Medium   of publi...
The medium of publication is“Web.”The date of access is thedate that you found thepage on the Internet.
O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do  Buddhists Believe?”  About.com. Buddhism. The  New York Times Company, n.d.  Web. 22 November ...
When do you need to cite?  *any direct quotation
*Any idea that you got fromanother author.*Any figures or statistics.
If you paraphraseanother author,  provide a citation!
If you use another author’sexact words,use quotation marks and            provide a citation!
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  1. 1. MLA Format:Basic Things to Know
  2. 2. When you report on research,you must explain where yougot your information, so that
  3. 3. your reader can check to see ifyou are right.
  4. 4. On the last page of your paper,you list all your sources ofinformation. In APA format, thispage is titled “References.”In MLA format, this is called your“Works Cited” page.
  5. 5. Then, in the body of your paper, you provide in-text citations.
  6. 6. The in-text citations showthe reader where to look for the source on your “Works Cited” list.
  7. 7. The important thing is tomake it easy for your readerto find the source on the“Works Cited” list.
  8. 8. For this reason, your in-textcitation must begin with thesame words that begin yourentry on the “Works Cited”list.
  9. 9. Now we will look at some basicmodels for the entries on your“Works Cited” list.
  10. 10. Here is the model for abook:
  11. 11. Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
  12. 12. “Medium of publication” meansprint (for a paper book,newspaper or magazine) or Webif the source is online.
  13. 13. You will find thepublisher, place ofpublication and yearof publication on theinside of the book’stitle page.
  14. 14. Here is the titlepage: N
  15. 15. Turn the page and look at theother side of the title page:
  16. 16. Tan, Amy. The Hundred SecretSenses. New York: RandomHouse, 1995. Print.
  17. 17. Here is the model for an articleor essay from a collection. Youwould use this model to cite areading from our text,Sourcework:
  18. 18. Last name, First name. "Title of Essay."Title of Collection. Ed. EditorsName(s). Place of Publication:Publisher, Year. Page range of entry.Medium of Publication.
  19. 19. Ma, Yo-Yo. “Paths of Globalizationfrom Berbers to Bach."Sourcework: Academic WritingFrom Sources. Ed. Nancy ElDollahite Julie Haun. Boston:Heinle/Cengage Learning, 2013.182-184. Print.
  20. 20. Tips to remember:*Copy the punctuation exactly.*If information is missing, leaveit out and go on to the nextthing.
  21. 21. Here is the model forperiodical (a newspaperor magazine):
  22. 22. Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium ofpublication.
  23. 23. "Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.” Time 30 June 1947:1. Print. (Note that there is no author given, so the title of the article comes first.)
  24. 24. Notice that: *All dates are in MLA format.*If you don’t know the author, you omit it and go to the title.
  25. 25. Here is the model for apage on a Web site:
  26. 26. Author’s Name (if available). “Title of Web Page.” Name of Site. Name of institution or organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
  27. 27. Now, let’s try it:
  28. 28. The title of this page, or article,is “What Do BuddhistsBelieve?” The author’s name isBarbara O’Brien. Barbara is herfirst name, and O’Brien is herlast, or family name. When youlist her on your “Works Cited”page, the family name comesfirst.
  29. 29. O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists Believe?” Name of Site. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
  30. 30. Now, you need to find the name ofthe main website:Remember that pages of a websiteare like the pages in a book.The name of the main website islike the title of a book.
  31. 31. To find the main website, erasethe URL back to the first single / :
  32. 32. http://buddhism.about.com/od/introductiontobuddhism/a/budbeliefs.htm
  33. 33. O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists Believe?” About.com. Buddhism. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
  34. 34. Next, you need to figure out who is responsible for this website. It may be an institution or organization. The a name may or may not be the same as the name of the website.
  35. 35. In this case, we see it atthe bottom of the page.
  36. 36. O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists Believe?” About.com. Buddhism. The New York Times Company, date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
  37. 37. Next, you need to find the date that the page your are citing was created. To do this, go back to your original long URL:
  38. 38. http://buddhism.about.com/od/introductiontobuddhism/a/budbeliefs.htm
  39. 39. The date may not be there. If it is not, use “n.d,” which stands for “no date.”
  40. 40. O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists Believe?” About.com. Buddhism. The New York Times Company, n.d. Medium of publication. Date of access.
  41. 41. The medium of publication is“Web.”The date of access is thedate that you found thepage on the Internet.
  42. 42. O’Brien, Barbara. “What Do Buddhists Believe?” About.com. Buddhism. The New York Times Company, n.d. Web. 22 November 2012.
  43. 43. When do you need to cite? *any direct quotation
  44. 44. *Any idea that you got fromanother author.*Any figures or statistics.
  45. 45. If you paraphraseanother author, provide a citation!
  46. 46. If you use another author’sexact words,use quotation marks and provide a citation!
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