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  • Understanding MLA Documentation Style3

    1. 1. Understanding MLA Documentation Style
    2. 2. <ul><li>In this workshop you will learn: </li></ul><ul><li>What is MLA Documentation Style </li></ul><ul><li>How to write a citation in MLA </li></ul><ul><li>How to cite sources and create your works cited page </li></ul><ul><li>How to use available tools </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is MLA Style Format? <ul><li>The Paper Format </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation and Quotations </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation of Sources and Works Cited Page </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why Is MLA format used? <ul><li>Give your readers a reference to your sources </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge your academic debt </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Plagiarism </li></ul>
    5. 5. MLA Format Basics <ul><li>Paper Format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1-Inch margins on all sides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Double spaced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. MLA 1 st Page Example
    7. 7. How to write a citation in MLA style <ul><li>Using books (hint: copy the title page of the book) </li></ul><ul><li>This is an example of a basic book with one author: </li></ul><ul><li>Berlage, Gai Ingham. Women in Baseball: The Forgotten History. Westport: Greenwood, 1994. </li></ul><ul><li>For more examples see MLA Handbook 5.6.1 </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Using periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>This is an example of a periodical from a database: </li></ul><ul><li>Madison, Gray. “Jobs Decline for Black Men Without a College Education.” Crisis Sept.-Oct. 2006: 9. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Florida Keys Community Coll. Lib., Key West. 30 Mar. 2007 <http?//search.ebscohost.com>. </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Using a Web Page </li></ul><ul><li>This is an example of a web page: </li></ul><ul><li>Karper, Erin. “Creating a Thesis Statement.” The OWL at Purdue. Purdue University. 28 Sept. 2006. 30 Mar. 2007 http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Works Cited Page <ul><li>Start a new page </li></ul><ul><li>Title it Works Cited in the center of the page </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange entries in alphabetical order </li></ul><ul><li>First line of each entry beings at the left margin, indent additional lines ½ inch (5 spaces) This is called hanging indention </li></ul>
    11. 11. Works Cited Example
    12. 12. Quotations <ul><li>When using someone else’s words, you are quoting them. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “Easy reading is damned hard writing.” </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Block Quotations </li></ul><ul><li>When using a quotation longer than 4-lines, put into a block quote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No quotation marks needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start a new line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indent 1-inch margin </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Block Quotation Example
    15. 15. Citing Your Sources <ul><li>Whenever you use somebody else’s ideas in your research paper, you must cite your sources: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Acknowledging the source in the text of your paper (in text documentation) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Giving the complete source citation in your works cited page. </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>When in doubt, cite your source! </li></ul><ul><li>Quoting </li></ul><ul><li>Summarizing </li></ul><ul><li>Paraphrasing </li></ul>
    17. 17. Tools available at FKCC <ul><li>Your Librarian  </li></ul><ul><li>Your Instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Books at the Library: </li></ul><ul><li>MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (located at the desk) </li></ul><ul><li>FKCC Website http://www.fkcc.edu/links/library/ </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Citation Guides </li></ul>
    18. 18. Sources used for this workshop <ul><li>Research OnLine </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rlc.dcccd.edu/library/infolit-ol/mlasl/ </li></ul><ul><li>A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker 6 th Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/writersref6e/Player/Pages/Main.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Library Spot dictionary of quotations </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.quotationreference.com/quotefinder.php </li></ul><ul><li>MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 6 th Ed. </li></ul>