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MLA Foundational Studies

  1. 1. USING MLA STYLE: GENERALAND WORKS CITEDFORMATTING GUIDELINESBrought to you by the Learning Commons
  2. 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. 3. Here’s what we’ll cover: Basic format In-text citations Works Cited page
  4. 4. Basic Format White, 8 1/2 x 11 paper One inch margins all around 12 point font, Times New Roman Double spaced Use a running header to number pages in top right hand corner, include your last name; i.e., Smith 1.
  5. 5. What should I cite? “Unique words or phrases” - use sparingly Paraphrases or ideas Email, interviews, charts, diagrams
  6. 6. Quotes “Quotation” (Author page number). Kwon points out that the Fourth Amendment does not give employees any protections from employers’ “unreasonable searches and seizures” (6). Borrowed from Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual: Sixth Edition
  7. 7. Paraphrases, summariesSource + signal phrase + page number(s)In Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, the rejection of Linder’s offer permits Walter’s family to pursue the new life they dreamed about (274-275).
  8. 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. 9. Creating Works Cited Separate page, end of paper Include every work referenced in your paper Label it Works Cited (centered) Double space all entries Alphabetized by last name – don’t reorder names!
  10. 10. Citing a bookLast Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium.Wood, James. How Fiction Works. New York: Farrar, 2008. Print. Borrowed from Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual: Sixth Edition
  11. 11. Article from a databaseLast Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Journal Title volume, issue (year): pages(s). Database name. Medium. Date of access.Heyen, William. “Sunlight.” American Poetry Review 36.2 (2007): 55-56. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 24 Mar. 2010. Borrowed from Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual: Sixth Edition
  12. 12. MediumPrint DVDWeb PhotographTelevision PerformanceCD LectureFilm MP3 file
  13. 13. Want More Info? Purdue University’s OWL Diana Hacker’s, A Pocket Style Manual, Sixth Ed. Class LibGuide Learning Center – tutors and academic coach
  14. 14. Good luck on your paper!
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