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  • 1. USING MLA STYLE: GENERAL GUIDELINESBrought to you by the Learning Commons
  • 2. What is MLA Style? Created by the Modern Language Association Provides writers with credibility Protects writers from accusations of plagiarism Allows writers to cross-reference sources Allows readers to easily locate source material
  • 3. Here’s what we’ll cover: Basic format In-text citations Works Cited page
  • 4. Basic Format 1” inch margins all around 12 point font, Times New Roman or Arial Double spaced Identification in upper left corner of first page Use a running header to number pages in top right hand corner, include your last name; i.e., McNair 2
  • 5. What should I cite? “Unique words or phrases” - use sparingly Paraphrases and summaries
  • 6. Quotes “Quotation” (Author page number). One of McNair’s grading criteria includes, “title and author stated in first sentence,” (1) which will be examined in a later slide.
  • 7. Paraphrases, summariesWith an author In Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The GlassCastle, the author depicts a childhood filledwith dysfunction and chaos.No author “Children of Alcoholics” examines thedevelopmental and psychological effects thatchildren experience.
  • 8. Signal Phrases acknowledges  disputes admits  emphasizes agrees  insists argues  notes claims  observes contends  suggests denies  writes Borrowed from Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual: Fourth Edition
  • 9. Creating Works Cited Separate page, end of paper Include both works referenced in your paper Label it Works Cited (centered) Double space both entries Alphabetized by last name – don’t reorder names!
  • 10. Citing a BookLast Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium.Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle. New York: Scribner, 2005. Print.
  • 11. Popular Magazine - onlineLast Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Journal Title. Date of Publication. Database. Medium. Date of Access.Fitzgerald, Dorothy. “A Slow Descent.” Parenting. 1 Jun. 2000. NewsBank. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.
  • 12. Article from an AcademicJournalLast Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Journal Title volume, issue (year): pages(s). Database Name. Medium. Date of access.“Children of Alcoholics.” International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. (2003). Credo Reference. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.
  • 13. Newspaper Article - onlineLast Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Newspaper Title. Date of Publication. Database. Medium. Date of Access.Sullivan Jr., Bishop. "Why Cant We Declare a War on Poverty?" The Patriot-News. 8 Aug. 2012. NewsBank. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.
  • 14. Works Cited“Children of Alcoholics.” International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. (2003). Credo Reference. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.Fitzgerald, Dorothy. “A Slow Descent.” Parenting. 1 Jun. 2000. NewsBank. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.Sullivan Jr., Bishop, et al. "Why Cant We Declare a War on Poverty?" The Patriot-News. 8 Aug. 2012. NewsBank. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle. New York: Scribner, 2005. Print.
  • 15. Want More Info? Diana Hacker’s, A Pocket Style Manual, Sixth Ed. Class LibGuide MLA Citation Website Learning Center – tutors and academic coach