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This is the MLA Documentation workshop for Purdue University Calumet's Writing Center. The workshop gives information on how to format a paper and cite sources correctly as well as gives examples.

This is the MLA Documentation workshop for Purdue University Calumet's Writing Center. The workshop gives information on how to format a paper and cite sources correctly as well as gives examples.

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    •  People who are writing papers in the Humanities  Humanities includes: ◦ Literature ◦ Art ◦ Philosophy ◦ History
    • MLA Format
    •  Times New Roman  Size 12
    •  Line Spacing – Double  Space Before – O pt  Space After – 0 pt  Click “Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.”
    •  Click “Insert”  Click “Page Number”  Hover over “Top of Page”  Select “Plain Number 3
    •  Type your last name before the number  Highlight the header  Change the font to Times New Roman, Size 12
    • Why Do We Need MLA Citations?
    •  It’s ethical.  It generates interest.  It strengthens your argument.  It helps others find your sources.
    •  Is taking credit for someone else’s work/ideas.  That means you need to cite anything that doesn’t come out of your own head.  Anything that is not common knowledge must be cited.
    • What Do I Cite When Using MLA?
    •  Direct Quotes  Paraphrases  Theories or ideas unique to a specific author  The specific argument of the author  Facts  Articles or studies quoted within your text
    •  Only when the author has said it best ◦ When the wording is too specific or detailed to reword ◦ When specialized language is used  To illustrate the writing style of the author
    •  When focusing on the meaning rather than the exact words  To condense paragraphs into a sentence or two  To show you understand what you’ve read
    • When Do I Not Cite Sources?
    •  Proverbs, axioms, and common sayings ◦ Ex: “A day late and a dollar short.”  Well-known quotes ◦ Ex: “The body politic.”  Common knowledge ◦ Ex: Isaac Newton discovered gravity when the apple fell from the tree
    • In-Text (Parenthetical) Citations
    •  Put parenthesis around the author’s last name ◦ Ex: (Rosenbrock)  Put the page number (if there is one) after the author’s name. ◦ Ex: (Rosenbrock 23)  Put the period after the quotation marks and parenthesis. ◦ Ex: (Rosenbrock 23).
    •  Three Authors ◦ Ex: (Blas, Greenwell and Jackson 34).  More than Three Authors ◦ (First listed author’s last name et al. #)  Ex: (Blas et al. 12)
    •  Cite the article name with quotation marks inside of the parenthesis. ◦ Ex: (“Pretend This Never Happened”).  Place the page number after the article name. ◦ Ex: (“Pretend This Never Happened” 45).
    • Citing Indirect Sources and Block Quotes
    •  Are quotes inside of someone else’s work  Name the author who said the quote in the same sentence as the quote  In in-text citations, only cite the author of the book or article containing the quote ◦ Ex: Davison claimed that “MLA is awesome”(qtd. in Newenhouse 7).
    •  Use when the quote is longer than four lines  Make the quote its own separate paragraph within the original paragraph  Place an additional 1” margin around it.  Then continue the normal paragraph
    • Works Cited Page
    •  Click “Insert”  Click “Page Break”  This will start a new page.
    •  Center the title  “Works Cited” if citing more than one reference  “Work Cited” if only citing one reference.  Do not italicize or underline
    •  Organize sources in alphabetical order Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  Highlight your sources  Pull the bottom triangle on the ruler to the .5 mark
    •  One Author Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium. Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  Two Authors Newenhouse, Patricia and Max Jackson. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium. Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  More Than Three Authors Newenhouse, Patricia, et al. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium.  Follow these author rules if you have multiple authors for a different source as well. Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  Not paginated ◦ n.p.  No Date of Publication ◦ n.d.
    •  Whole Website Editor, Author, Compiler, or Organization Name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Sponsor or Publisher, Date Created (if available). Medium. Date of Access. Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  Whole Website with no Author Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  Single Web Page Author. “Title of Page.” Name of Site. Name of Sponsor or Publisher, Date Created. Medium. Date of Access.  With No Author Examples from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  Print Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal. Volume.Issue (Year): Pages. Medium. Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    •  Online Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal. Volume.Issue (Year): Pages. Medium. Date of Access. Example from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/
    • Aaron, Jane E., ed. The Little, Brown Compact Handbook with Exercises. 7th ed. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. Print. Bedford Saint Martin’s. “MLA List of Works Cited.” Research and Documentation Online 5th Edition. Bedford Saint Martin’s, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2013. Modern Language Association. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print. Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2009. Web. 02 Nov. 2009.
    • Thank you and Good Luck!