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Mla document format

  1. 1. MLA Document Format<br />The Hows and Whys<br />
  2. 2. One peck at a time…<br />
  3. 3. Whereas before I allowed myself to play fast and loose, now I am meticulous, demanding, exact…Sue Grafton, mystery writer<br />
  4. 4. The formal acknowledgment of the outside sources used in your paper to backup or refute what you have to say. Used to add credibility and depth to a paper.<br />Definition<br />
  5. 5. Each academic discipline uses different documentation styles.<br />What is right for one, may not be right for another…<br />
  6. 6. MLA (Modern Language Association) format is required by teachers of English and other courses in the humanities.<br />APA (American Psychological Association) format is used for courses in the sciences and math professions.<br />
  7. 7. 1. Internal parenthetical references in your text.<br />2. A list of Works Cited at end of paper<br />Required parts…<br />
  8. 8. Consists of author’s last name and page, paragraph or section number<br />But all sources are different…<br />Typical reference in parenthesis…<br />
  9. 9. The colony’s religious and political freedom appealed to many idealists (Ripley 12).<br />The author’s last name is Ripley and this information can be found on Page 12.<br />The idea is to get the reader to the Works Cited List, then to the source.<br />Example:<br />
  10. 10. Shorten the title of each work to one or two key words and include the appropriate shortened title in the parenthesis after the author’s name.<br />Ex. 1st work… (Ripley, Colonization 34)<br />2nd work by same author: (Ripley, History 45)<br />Two or more Sources by same author?<br />
  11. 11. Each type of source has a unique rule.<br />Pay close attention to this.<br />Use a handbook, the back of your textbook, or the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) to find the rules.<br />Beware…<br />
  12. 12. Can be on own page, but doesn’t need to be<br />Each item has three divisions—author, title and publication information. Web sources are unique. Check what is needed carefully<br />Do not number sources, indent second line and double space between<br />The Works Cited List<br />
  13. 13. According to first letter of author’s last name<br />Anonymous? Use first letter of source information<br />Again, take time to look up proper information needed and in what order<br />Alphabetize<br />
  14. 14. Find sample MLA Documented research paper models either in your textbook, a handbook or the or OWL site.<br />This aspect of writing is all about careful detailing and proofreading—not the fun part.<br />Sample Research Papers<br />
  15. 15. The final look in the mirror before heading to that all important job interview or to that day you upload your final materials for grading. <br />Proofreading<br />
  16. 16. Paying attention to details, rules and reviewing your assignment and study materials more than once.<br />Showing you care…<br />The Key to Success?<br />
  17. 17. Assume the reader is checking your Works Cited List first, then your use of in-text or internal documentation before beginning to read your paper.<br />What impression will they have of the writer and his/her work as they begin?<br />First Impressions Count…<br />
  18. 18. Ask yourself: What have I learned about myself as I go through this labor intensive aspect of writing?<br />And finally…<br />
  19. 19. Relax and be proud of your work. Ah…<br />