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Documentation 101

Documentation 101



some of the basics of MLA documentation based on 2009 version of MLA. Click CTRL+ to make the show bigger on your screen to see the examples. For more college writing tips, see profrhonda.com



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    Documentation 101 Documentation 101 Presentation Transcript

    • Documentation 101
      Why we document
      Types of documentation
      Creating a Works Cited list in MLA
      Creating in-text citations
    • Why Document?
      Acknowledging sources prevents plagiarism
      the unacknowledged use of someone else's information, research or ideas, words, or illustrations
      Documentation prevents a number of undesirable consequences
      “0” grade on the assignment, F in the course, suspension, and at the extreme, expulsion
      Citing Sources is professional and ethical
      conveys to the reader that the writer has taken the time to consult and consider a mix of viewpoints on a given topic before providing his/her own synthesis.
      adds to the quality of the paper.
      Is ethical and responsible
      When students give credit where credit is due they are also practicing ethical, responsible Imagine the consequences of being caught stealing someone else's work or ideas at the workplace.
    • Types of Documentation
      MLA – Modern Languages Association used for literature and fine arts essays.
      APA-American Psychological Association used for social science, humanities, and scientific essays
      These are the most common in post secondary undergraduate programs.
    • Two types of documenting
      Using a works cited list
      In-text citations
    • What is a works cited list
      Is the list of references you used for your work
      Goes on the last page of your work
      Is in Alphabetical order
      Follows MLA format
    • What are in-text citations
      In-text citations go after you use information that you didn’t author. You use them when you
      Quote (1-2 sentences in quotation marks).
      Paraphrase (state those 2 sentences in your own words –this is different from changing 1 or 2 words in a phrase)
      Summarize –condense a longer portion of information
      Use some one’s ideas
      Rule of thumb: use your own words. Quote sparingly.
    • Where do I put the citation
      1. You use ().
      2. For electronic sources you just put the first word on the citation reference
      3. For e-books, you also put the page number
    • Works citation and In-text citation
    • Articles from business websites
      This model could be relevant for those business etiquette sites.
    • Hard Copy Newspapers
    • Database articles
    • Database Newspaper/Magazines
    • Articles from Web publications
    • Hard copy book
    • E-book
    • E-book from database
    • Article from an Organizational/Gov’t website
    • Personal Interview