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  • 1. Understanding MLA Documentation Style
  • 2.
    • In this workshop you will learn:
    • What is MLA Documentation Style
    • How to write a citation in MLA
    • How to cite sources and create your works cited page
    • How to use available tools
  • 3. What is MLA Style Format?
    • The Paper Format
    • Punctuation and Quotations
    • Documentation of Sources and Works Cited Page
  • 4. Why Is MLA format used?
    • Give your readers a reference to your sources
    • Acknowledge your academic debt
    • Avoid Plagiarism
  • 5. MLA Format Basics
    • Paper Format
      • 1-Inch margins on all sides
      • Double spaced
      • 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.)
  • 6. MLA 1 st Page Example
  • 7. How to write a citation in MLA style
    • Using books (hint: copy the title page of the book)
    • This is an example of a basic book with one author:
    • Berlage, Gai Ingham. Women in Baseball: The Forgotten History. Westport: Greenwood, 1994.
    • For more examples see MLA Handbook 5.6.1
  • 8.
    • Using periodicals
    • This is an example of a periodical from a database:
    • 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>.
  • 9.
    • Using a Web Page
    • This is an example of a web page:
    • 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/.
  • 10. Works Cited Page
    • Start a new page
    • Title it Works Cited in the center of the page
    • Arrange entries in alphabetical order
    • First line of each entry beings at the left margin, indent additional lines ½ inch (5 spaces) This is called hanging indention
  • 11. Works Cited Example
  • 12. Quotations
    • When using someone else’s words, you are quoting them.
    • Example:
      • Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “Easy reading is damned hard writing.”
  • 13.
    • Block Quotations
    • When using a quotation longer than 4-lines, put into a block quote
      • No quotation marks needed
      • Start a new line
      • Indent 1-inch margin
  • 14. Block Quotation Example
  • 15. Citing Your Sources
    • Whenever you use somebody else’s ideas in your research paper, you must cite your sources:
    • 1. Acknowledging the source in the text of your paper (in text documentation)
    • 2. Giving the complete source citation in your works cited page.
  • 16.
    • When in doubt, cite your source!
    • Quoting
    • Summarizing
    • Paraphrasing
  • 17. Tools available at FKCC
    • Your Librarian 
    • Your Instructor
    • Books at the Library:
    • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (located at the desk)
    • FKCC Website http://www.fkcc.edu/links/library/
    • Go to Citation Guides
  • 18. Sources used for this workshop
    • Research OnLine
    • http://www.rlc.dcccd.edu/library/infolit-ol/mlasl/
    • A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker 6 th Ed.
    • http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/writersref6e/Player/Pages/Main.aspx
    • Library Spot dictionary of quotations
    • http://www.quotationreference.com/quotefinder.php
    • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 6 th Ed.