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  • 1. MLA Style Basics
    Mrs. Santacroce
  • 2. The MLA Style
    The MLA Style was developed by the Modern Language Association as a means to standardize scholarly writing in humanities, particularly language and literature fields.
    • Language studies
    • 3. Literaturestudies
    • 4. Literature reviews
    • 5. Research papers
    • 6. Manuscripts
    • 7. Books
  • The Works Cited List/Bibliography
    Common styles for citing sources are MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian.
    Developed to standardize scholarly types of writing.
    The purpose is to give credit to your sources, as well as, help readers find the resources you used.
    Therefore, the citations and Reference Lists should be complete and accurate.
  • 8. Commonalities
  • 9. Entries include
    Who? Author(s) names(s)
    What? Title of work
    Where? Publisher/Publication data
    When? Date of publication
    How? Medium type of work
  • 10. Another sample
    Who? Author(s) names(s)
    What? Title of work
    Where? Publisher/Publication data
    When? Date of publication
    How? Medium type of work
  • 11. Rules to abide by…
    Begin your Works Cited page on a separate piece of paper with 1 inch margins on every side. Label the page Works Cited.
    Alphabetize each entry in a works cited list by the first letter, ignoring the articles A, An, and The.
  • 12. Rules to abide by…
    Indent subsequent lines of entries one-half inch or 5 spaces. (Hanging indentation)
    Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc, but do not capitalize articles (the, an, a), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle. E.g. Gone with the Wind The Art of War
  • 13. Rules to abide by…
    Use italics (instead of underlining) for titles of larger works (books, magazines) and quotation marks for titles of shorter works (poems, articles)
    Double-Space the entire reference list, but do not skip extra spaces between entries.
  • 14. Rules to abide by…
    For every entry, you must determine the Medium of Publication. Most entries will likely be listed as Print or Web sources, but other possibilities may include Film, CD-ROM, or DVD.
    Writers are no longer required to provide URLs for Web entries. However, if your instructor or publisher insists on them, include them in angle brackets after the entry and end with a period. For long URLs, break lines only at slashes
  • 15. Quick Reference Guide
    Citation work sheet
    Quick Guide
    Whitewater High Library Resources
  • 16. Works Cited
    "MLA Works Cited Page: Basic Format." Purdue Owl. Purdue University, 2010. Web. 19 Oct. 2010.