What does MLA stand for? A group of scholars that make rules and guidelines for professional writing.
What it is? A trusted set of rules that shows you how your paper should look. Rules that govern how you cite your sources. The guidelines that most scholars, colleges and high schools use.
Why do we use it?
It makes your research paper
It helps you avoid plagiarism!
PLAGIARISM: is a very serious offense. It is using another author’s words and claiming them as your own by not citing them in your paper. If done, it can lead to serious consequences.
It organizes your writing process.
You will use it 9-12 grade and into college.
What does the first page look like? 12 point size font Times New Roman font 1” margins all around Page numbers on all pages: Example: Lewis 1, Lewis 2, Lewis 3 etc. Line 1: Name Line 2: Teacher Name Line 3: Subject Line 4: Period # Line 5: Date Title is centered ½” indent before paragraph
What does the last page look like? The “Works Cited” page comes at the very end of your research paper. It is an alphabetical list of sources (books, encyclopedias, websites and journals) that you have quoted in your paper.
Works Cited Bennett, Rad. “This is Widescreen” Sound & Vision Jan. 2001: 108-112. Calvino, Italo. “Cybernetics and Ghosts.” The Uses of Literature: Essays. Trans: Patrick Creagh. San Diego: Harcourt, 1982. 3- 27. Camus, Albert. The Stranger. New York: Vintage International, 1989. 10-31. Natale, Richard. “‘Traffic’ Revs Up, but Tom’s Still in the Driver’s Seat.” Los Angeles Times 8 Jan. 2001; F4+. What does the last page look like?
Book citation Last name, first name. Title. City: Publishing Company, Year. Pages. EXAMPLE: Camus, Albert. The Stranger. New York: Vintage International, 1989. 10- 31. Indent ½” after the first line.
Newspaper article Last name, First name. “Article Title.” Newspaper Name Day Month Year: section or page. EXAMPLE: Natale, Richard. “’Traffic’ Revs Up, but Tom’s Still in the Driver’s Seat.” LosAngeles Times 8 January 2001; F4. Indent ½” after the first line
Let’s try some entries! Create entries for the following: 1. A book by Robert Akins called Greeks and Romans. It was published by Random House in Philadelphia in 1987. 2. A book by Henry Goldman called Ancient Civilizations. It was published in Philadelphia by Gold House in 1989.
ANSWERS Akin, Robert. Greeks and Romans. Philadelphia: Random House, 1987. Goldman, Henry. Ancient Civilizations. Philadelphia: Gold House, 1989.
Let’s try more entries 1. Linda Lewis wrote an article entitled “Atlanta Roadways are in Need of Repair” in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on June 15, 2006. It was located on page C3. 2. Joshua Petruna wrote an article on February 2, 2001 called “Saving Money on Electronics” in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It was located on E2.
Answers Lewis, Linda. “Atlanta Roadways are in Need of Repair.” Atlanta Journal Constitution June 15, 2006: C3. Petruna, Joshua. “Saving Money on Electronics.” Cleveland Plain Dealer February 2, 2001: E2.