A Practical Guide to MLA Style
No Need for a Title page                The First Page              unless your instructor                                ...
The Body  10 October 2008                                              Always double                                      ...
In Text Citations--IdeasWhenever you get an idea from a source, cite it using the author’s name and pagenumber in parenthe...
In Text Citations—Author in textIf you refer to the author(s) in the text of your paper, cite the source simply withpage n...
In Text Citations—                      Short Direct QuoteWhen you directly quote a source you need to add quotation marks...
In Text Citations—Long Direct QuoteWhen your direct quotation is longer than 4 typed lines of prose or 3 lines ofpoetry, p...
Tip:  Do theReference Page 1st                   The Works Cited Page                               Barnett 10            ...
BooksAuthor---Last name, First name. Authors can also be a company or    organizationTitle—Italiacs.Publication informatio...
Journal Articles---Print    Author --same as book    Article Title— in quotation marks    Journal Title—italics   Volume– ...
Journal Articles---Database  Author --same as book  Article Title— in quotation marks  Journal Title—italics              ...
WebpageAuthor --- same as book if available. More than 3 authors, use first     author given and et. al.     ( et. al. mea...
Using Microsoft Word 2010              Warning:The Reference Tab does not have the       latest version of MLA!
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  1. 1. A Practical Guide to MLA Style
  2. 2. No Need for a Title page The First Page unless your instructor requests one Top Left Corner:Your Name, Instructor’s Name, Course, Date Barnett 1 Header with last nameLeecy Barnett and page in upper right cornerDr. SmithDialog of Self and Society10 October 2008Title---Center &Capitalize A Practical Guide to MLA StyleImportant Words When the MLA style was first conceived more than apaper Begin your half immediately
  3. 3. The Body 10 October 2008 Always double space A Practical Guide to MLA StyleIndent ¶s When the MLA style was first conceived more than a half century ago, the main purpose was to develop standards for the publication of manuscripts in the field of English and other modern, as opposed to ancient, languages (Modern Language Assoc. xvi). ―Although designed for those who intend to publish,‖ Houghton and Houghton point out that, ―numerous colleges and universities adhere to these stringent guidelines‖ ( xii). Learning to do MLA style well shows you are concerned about doing thorough research and giving proper credit to those
  4. 4. In Text Citations--IdeasWhenever you get an idea from a source, cite it using the author’s name and pagenumber in parentheses at the end of the sentence or paragraph describing theiridea. The period goes after the final parenthesis.Example:When the MLA style was first conceived more than a half century ago, the mainpurpose was to develop standards for the publication of manuscripts in the field ofEnglish and other modern, as opposed to ancient, languages (Modern LanguageAssoc. xvi). Modern Language Association is a corporate author….for corporate authors abbreviate words with standard abrievations.
  5. 5. In Text Citations—Author in textIf you refer to the author(s) in the text of your paper, cite the source simply withpage number (s) in parentheses next to the author’s name.Example: According to Fox, the internet has played a significant role in theincrease of plagiarism in academia today (27).
  6. 6. In Text Citations— Short Direct QuoteWhen you directly quote a source you need to add quotation marks around thewords or sentence you copy. You put the parenthetical citation and final periodafter the closing quotation mark.Example: ―Although designed for those who intend to publish point out thatnumerous colleges and universities adhere to these stringent guidelines‖(Houghton and Houghton xii).
  7. 7. In Text Citations—Long Direct QuoteWhen your direct quotation is longer than 4 typed lines of prose or 3 lines ofpoetry, put it in an indented paragraph without quotation marks.Example:The Owl at Purdue clearly explains MLA long quotations: Place quotations longer than four typed lines in a free-standing block of text, and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented one inch from the left margin; maintain double-spacing. Only indent the first line of the quotation by a half inch if you are citing multiple paragraphs. Your parenthetical citation should come after the closing When quoting from a webpage, determine the paragraph # quoted and punctuation mark. (Kunka et al. par. 8) use that instead of a page #
  8. 8. Tip: Do theReference Page 1st The Works Cited Page Barnett 10 Center Works Cited Gibaldi, Joseph . MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association, 2003. Print. Kunka , Jennifer Liethen et al. ―MLA Formatting and Style Guide--- Formatting Quotations.‖ The Owl at Purdue. Purdue University, 30 Sept. 2008. Web. 13 Oct. 2008. •Alphabetical by Lipson Charles. Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citation, Avoid Author’s Last Name •Hanging Indent Plagiarism and Achieve Real Academic Success. Chicago: University of Chicago •Double Space Press, 2004. Print.
  9. 9. BooksAuthor---Last name, First name. Authors can also be a company or organizationTitle—Italiacs.Publication information---City and state (if mentioned—use postal abbreviation) , publisher and year of publication.Medium of Publication—Print.Example:Lipson Charles. Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citation, Avoid Plagiarism and Achieve Real Academic Success. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. Print.
  10. 10. Journal Articles---Print Author --same as book Article Title— in quotation marks Journal Title—italics Volume– number only Issue---number only Date– in parentheses, followed by colon Page Numbers Medium of Publication--Print. Example:Raymond, Richard C. "When Writing Professors Teach Literature: Shaping Questions, Finding Answers, Effecting Change. " College Composition and Communication 59.3 (2008): 473-502. Print.
  11. 11. Journal Articles---Database Author --same as book Article Title— in quotation marks Journal Title—italics If you get your journal from a database add: Volume– number only Issue---number only •Name of database—in Date– in parentheses, followed by colon italics •Medium of publication--- Page Numbers Web. •Date you got it (d/m/yr) Example: Wang, Yu-Wei. "University Student Online Plagiarism. " International Journal on ELearning 7.4 (2008): 743-757. ProQuest. Web. 18 Aug. 2009.
  12. 12. WebpageAuthor --- same as book if available. More than 3 authors, use first author given and et. al. ( et. al. means and others) Add:No Author---use title of page •Name of Producing OrganizationTitle of page —in quotation marks •Date produced or updated (d/m/yr)Name of Website---in italics • Medium of publication---Web. •Date RetrievedExample: (d/m/yr)Kunka , Jennifer Liethen et al. ―MLA Formatting and Style Guide--- Formatting Quotations.‖ The Owl at Purdue. Purdue University, 30 Sept. 2008. Web. 13 Oct. 2008.
  13. 13. Using Microsoft Word 2010 Warning:The Reference Tab does not have the latest version of MLA!
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