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The Specifics ofThe Specifics of
Research PapersResearch Papers
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/http://owl.english.purdu...
Why use MLA FormatWhy use MLA Format
 Builds your credibilityBuilds your credibility
 Gives credit to outside sourcesGiv...
What it includesWhat it includes
 Double spaced throughoutDouble spaced throughout
 Standard 12 point fontStandard 12 po...
Sample Opening pageSample Opening page
MLA In-Text CitationsMLA In-Text Citations
 In MLA style, referring to the works of others in yourIn MLA style, referring...
SamplesSamples
MLA Author-Page StyleMLA Author-Page Style
 The author's name may appear either in the sentenceThe author's name may appe...
MLA DocumentationMLA Documentation
In-text Citations: Print Sources with Known AuthorIn-text Citations: Print Sources with...
Quoting, Paraphrasing, & SummarizingQuoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing
 QuotationsQuotations must be identical to the o...
When a Citation is not NeededWhen a Citation is not Needed
 Common sense and ethics should determineCommon sense and ethi...
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  1. 1. The Specifics ofThe Specifics of Research PapersResearch Papers http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
  2. 2. Why use MLA FormatWhy use MLA Format  Builds your credibilityBuilds your credibility  Gives credit to outside sourcesGives credit to outside sources  Keeps you from plagiarizingKeeps you from plagiarizing
  3. 3. What it includesWhat it includes  Double spaced throughoutDouble spaced throughout  Standard 12 point fontStandard 12 point font  Opening headerOpening header  Page numbers on each pagePage numbers on each page  TitleTitle  Internal citationsInternal citations  Works cited pageWorks cited page
  4. 4. Sample Opening pageSample Opening page
  5. 5. MLA In-Text CitationsMLA In-Text Citations  In MLA style, referring to the works of others in yourIn MLA style, referring to the works of others in your text is done by using what is known as parentheticaltext is done by using what is known as parenthetical citation. This method involvescitation. This method involves placing relevantplacing relevant source information in parenthesessource information in parentheses after a quoteafter a quote or a paraphrase.or a paraphrase.  ““Give me liberty, or give me death” (Henry 5).Give me liberty, or give me death” (Henry 5).  Any source information that you provide in-Any source information that you provide in- text must correspond to the sourcetext must correspond to the source information on the Works Cited pageinformation on the Works Cited page ..
  6. 6. SamplesSamples
  7. 7. MLA Author-Page StyleMLA Author-Page Style  The author's name may appear either in the sentenceThe author's name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parenthesesitself or in parentheses following the quotation orfollowing the quotation or paraphrase, but theparaphrase, but the page number(s) should alwayspage number(s) should always appear in the parenthesesappear in the parentheses , not in the text of your sentence., not in the text of your sentence. For example:For example: Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneousWordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). Romantic poetry is characterized by theoverflow of powerful feelings" (263). Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263)."spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).  All citations tell readers that the information in the sentence canAll citations tell readers that the information in the sentence can be located on page 263 of a work by an author namedbe located on page 263 of a work by an author named Wordsworth. If readers want more information, they can turn toWordsworth. If readers want more information, they can turn to the Works Cited page, where they would find the following:the Works Cited page, where they would find the following: Wordsworth, William.Wordsworth, William. Lyrical BalladsLyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., 1967. Print.. London: Oxford U.P., 1967. Print.
  8. 8. MLA DocumentationMLA Documentation In-text Citations: Print Sources with Known AuthorIn-text Citations: Print Sources with Known Author  For Print sources like books, magazines, scholarlyFor Print sources like books, magazines, scholarly journal articles, and newspapers, provide the author’sjournal articles, and newspapers, provide the author’s last name and a page number. If you provide thelast name and a page number. If you provide the name in the sentence, you do not need to include it inname in the sentence, you do not need to include it in the parenthetical citation.the parenthetical citation. In-text Citations: Print Sources with No Known AuthorIn-text Citations: Print Sources with No Known Author  When a source has no known author, use a shortenedWhen a source has no known author, use a shortened title of the work instead of an author name. Place thetitle of the work instead of an author name. Place the title in quotation marks if it's a short work ( articles) ortitle in quotation marks if it's a short work ( articles) or italicize it if it's a longer work (plays, books, televisionitalicize it if it's a longer work (plays, books, television shows, websites) and provide a page number.shows, websites) and provide a page number.
  9. 9. Quoting, Paraphrasing, & SummarizingQuoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing  QuotationsQuotations must be identical to the original, using a narrowmust be identical to the original, using a narrow segment of the source. They must match the source documentsegment of the source. They must match the source document word for word and must be attributed to the original author.word for word and must be attributed to the original author.  ParaphrasingParaphrasing involves putting a passage from sourceinvolves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must be attributedmaterial into your own words. A paraphrase must be attributed to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorterto the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segmentthan the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly.of the source and condensing it slightly.  SummarizingSummarizing involves putting the main idea(s) into your owninvolves putting the main idea(s) into your own words. It is necessary to attribute summarized ideas to thewords. It is necessary to attribute summarized ideas to the original source. Summaries are significantly shorter than theoriginal source. Summaries are significantly shorter than the original and take a broad overview of the source material.original and take a broad overview of the source material.
  10. 10. When a Citation is not NeededWhen a Citation is not Needed  Common sense and ethics should determineCommon sense and ethics should determine your need for documenting sources.your need for documenting sources. You doYou do not need to give sources for familiarnot need to give sources for familiar proverbs, well-known quotations orproverbs, well-known quotations or common knowledge.common knowledge.
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