MLA Citation & Style writing @ the ckss library
What is the MLA? style sheet format in place since 1951 usually used for academic arts & languages papers
Why are we learning this?If you are going to College or University and taking a course for which you will have to do research or write an essay, you need to know the appropriate style format for your work!
What is “style”?When we talk about MLA “Style,”we mean “Editorial Style”:The rules or guidelines for thepresentation of the printed word.
Style & Format M o d e r n L a n g u a g e A s s o c ia t io n Your E ssay P age C it a t io n F o rm a t In -T e x t W o r k s C it e d
MLA Style: Citation -- What to Cite Books, Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries Newspapers, Periodicals, Magazines, Journals Web Pages & Online Databases E-mail, Twitter, Facebook Audio/Visual Items (Music, Pictures, Film...) Live Lectures & Interviews (Any source of words, ideas, or representations that are not your own!)
MLA Style: “In Text” Citation Use parentheses () for in-text reference References clearly refer to specific sources in the “Works Cited” list Identify the location of borrowed information as clearly as possible Keep parenthetical references as brief as possible
MLA Style: In Text Rules & Examples Author’s name in text; volume / page / line information (if appropriate) in parentheses: Murray claims that food is good for you (89). Author’s name, and volume / page / line information (if appropriate) in parenthesis: There are many reasons why food is good for you (Murray 89). Full reference in text; no parentheses necessary: Murray, on page 89 of her book, explains how food is good for you.
Periodical Print Publications:Each entry should have the followinginformation, as available, in this order:Author name -- Surname, Given.“Article title.”Name of the Periodical.Series no. Volume no. Issue no.Date of publication.Inclusive page numbers.Medium of publication: Print.
Nonperiodical Print Publications:Each entry should have the followinginformation, as available, in this order:Author (editor, compiler, translator) name --Surname, Given.Title of Work.Edition used.Number(s) of volume(s) used.Place of Publication: Publisher, Date.Medium of publication: Print.
Web Publications:Each entry should have the followinginformation, as available, in this order:Author (editor, compiler, translator) name --Surname, Given.Title of Work / Overall Web Site.Version or Edition used.Publisher or Sponsor of the site.Date of publication: Day, Month, Year.Medium of publication: Web.Date of access: Day, Month, Year.
MLA Style:Works Cited Page Sample Entries Thomson 16 Works Cited Alberts, John. The Fine Art of Eating. 3rd Ed. London: Smith & Sons, 2008. Print. Murray, Susan. “Turned On to Nutrition.” Fantastic Foods Monthly. Vol.7, Issue 3. 13 November 2010. 88-91. Print. Supper is Super. Cable News Network. 29 November 2010. Web. 30 November 2010.
Style is Important! University and College professors may not accept papers formatted in an inadequate style, or you may loose many marks Be sure to check your style using the most recent approved style guide...
Works Cited (and available @ your library): MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Ed. New York: MLA, 2009. Print. www.mlahandbook.org • E-mail: email@example.com • Password: ecdhs
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