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An introduction to MLA Style for students at IEGS, Stockholm.

An introduction to MLA Style for students at IEGS, Stockholm.

Provided as a guest lecture by Dr Jon Buscall, Jontus Media, www.jontusmedia.com

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    MLA Guidelines for IEG Södermalm MLA Guidelines for IEG Södermalm Presentation Transcript

    • Academic Integrity & the MLA
        • Dr Jon Buscall * August 2008 *
    • Every game has rules
    • Some folks obey them...
    • Others don’t !
    • At school, university, and in the real world...
    • it’s not OK to pass other people’s work off as your own.
    • Written work that does so is referred to as plagiarism
    • plagiarism : the act of presenting the words, ideas, images, sounds, or the creative expression of others as your own.
    • IEGS values academic integrity
      • And thus requires you to use the MLA
    •  
    • Think of it as a way to document your essays, illustrating what is exactly your work and what information comes from established scholars...
    • With the MLA your work will ooze professionalism...
    • And it won’t cause you...
    • ...pain and ignominy
    • Huh?
    • Plagiarism is usually punished ...
      • with suspension
      • the sack
      • the loss of your reputation
      • the loss of face
    • “ So what do I have to do ?”
    • The first thing you need to know...
    • ...is how to format your essay
    • Instructions...
      • use A4 paper
      • set the font to 12 point, New Times Roman
      • 2.54 cm margins
      • double-space your text throughout
      • use a running header with your name: e.g. Buscall 1
      • number pages consecutively, starting on the first page
    • Indent the first line of each paragraph by five spaces (tab)‏
    • Next up is...
    • Parenthetical or in-text citation ...
    • Huh ?
    • To explain...
      • Within the body of your text, you must cite your sources as you use them...
      • You must cite any and all data, facts, information, opinions, ideas, tables, charts, photographs, etc, that you obtained in your research
    • What’s more...
      • References in the text must clearly point to specific sources in the list of works cited and i dentify the location of the information referred to as specifically as possible
    • and that means..?
      • E.g. Author’s name in text:
      • Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (263).
      • E.g. Author’s name in reference:
      • Romantic poetry is characterised by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263).
      • E.g. Author’s name in text:
      • Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).
    • Citations refer to the entry in the Works Cited page
    • Works Cited Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads . London: Oxford UP, 1967.
    • More Examples...
      • Multiple Citations
      • ... as has been discussed elsewhere (Burke 3; Dawson 21).
      • Authors with the same surname :
        • “ All dogs should be trained to sit before the age of five,” is a good approach to basic dog training (M. King 17).
    • “ Do I need to cite everything ?”
    • Common sense and ethics should determine your need for documenting sources.
      • You do not need to give sources for:
      • familiar proverbs,
      • well-known quotations or
      • common knowledge.
    • Works Cited...
      • Under the heading “Works Cited” all sources mentioned in your paper must be listed
      • List sources alphabetically e.g. Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book . Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.
    • Examples... Works Cited Heinerman, John. Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988. Kowalchik, Claire and William H. Hylton. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1998. Wardlaw, Gordon M. and Anne M. Smith. Contemporary Nutrition. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2006.
    • The purpose of the list is to...
    • ...identify and credit the sources you used...
    • ...and enable the reader to locate your sources.
    • Some final thoughts...
    • Formatting rules make essays uniform and easier to read...
    • In-text citations document your sources, establish your credibility and help justify your argument.
    • The “Works Cited” list allows readers to refer for themselves to scholarly material...
    • If the goal is to prevent plagiarism...
      • establish a climate where academic integrity is valued
      • design assignments that require students to document their sources
      • set up check-points in the form of drafts, outlines, preliminary Works Cited
      • keep portfolios of student writing to refer to
      • vary assignments and topic suggestions frequently
      • clarify the extent to which collaboration is acceptable
    • Resources
      • MLA Style Guide
      • IEG Södermalm MLA Style Guide handout