MLA Guidelines for IEG Södermalm

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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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  • 1. Academic Integrity & the MLA
      • Dr Jon Buscall * August 2008 *
  • 2. Every game has rules
  • 3. Some folks obey them...
  • 4. Others don’t !
  • 5. At school, university, and in the real world...
  • 6. it’s not OK to pass other people’s work off as your own.
  • 7. Written work that does so is referred to as plagiarism
  • 8. plagiarism : the act of presenting the words, ideas, images, sounds, or the creative expression of others as your own.
  • 9. IEGS values academic integrity
  • 10.
    • And thus requires you to use the MLA
  • 11.  
  • 12. Think of it as a way to document your essays, illustrating what is exactly your work and what information comes from established scholars...
  • 13. With the MLA your work will ooze professionalism...
  • 14. And it won’t cause you...
  • 15. ...pain and ignominy
  • 16. Huh?
  • 17. Plagiarism is usually punished ...
    • with suspension
    • the sack
    • the loss of your reputation
    • the loss of face
  • 18. “ So what do I have to do ?”
  • 19. The first thing you need to know...
  • 20. ...is how to format your essay
  • 21. 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
  • 22. Indent the first line of each paragraph by five spaces (tab)‏
  • 23. Next up is...
  • 24. Parenthetical or in-text citation ...
  • 25. Huh ?
  • 26. 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
  • 27. 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
  • 28. and that means..?
  • 29.
    • E.g. Author’s name in text:
    • Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (263).
  • 30.
    • E.g. Author’s name in reference:
    • Romantic poetry is characterised by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263).
  • 31.
    • E.g. Author’s name in text:
    • Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).
  • 32. Citations refer to the entry in the Works Cited page
  • 33. Works Cited Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads . London: Oxford UP, 1967.
  • 34. 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).
  • 35. “ Do I need to cite everything ?”
  • 36. Common sense and ethics should determine your need for documenting sources.
  • 37.
    • You do not need to give sources for:
    • familiar proverbs,
    • well-known quotations or
    • common knowledge.
  • 38. 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.
  • 39. 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.
  • 40. The purpose of the list is to...
  • 41. ...identify and credit the sources you used...
  • 42. ...and enable the reader to locate your sources.
  • 43. Some final thoughts...
  • 44. Formatting rules make essays uniform and easier to read...
  • 45. In-text citations document your sources, establish your credibility and help justify your argument.
  • 46. The “Works Cited” list allows readers to refer for themselves to scholarly material...
  • 47. 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
  • 48. Resources
    • MLA Style Guide
    • IEG Södermalm MLA Style Guide handout