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USING MLA STYLE: GENERALAND WORKS CITEDFORMATTING GUIDELINESBrought to you by the Learning Commons
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
Here’s what we’ll cover: Basic format In-text citations Works Cited page
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.
What should I cite? “Unique words or phrases” - use sparingly Paraphrases or ideas Email, interviews, charts, diagrams
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
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).
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!
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
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