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    • MLA Format Workshop By Tatevik and Melissa
    • Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Students will have a clearer understanding of MLA Format.
      • Students will feel more comfortable implementing MLA Formatting procedures on their own.
      • Students will understand the importance of citing sources.
      • Students will become aware of plagiarism and will know how to avoid plagiarizing.
      • Students will be able to create their own works cited page to document the sources they use in essays.
      • By the end of this workshop…
    • M odern L anguage A ssociation:
      • The Modern Language Association's writing format is a series of regulations and guidelines for writers.
      • It is more organized for most essay writers to use a consistent writing style for essays and citations.
      • In college, using an organized format also allows your teachers and fellow readers to clearly understand your essays.
    • Basics Features of MLA:
      • Times New Roman font, 12 point size.
      • Double-space entire paper.
      • All margins should be set to 1”.
      • Include a header with your last name and page number at the upper-right hand corner of your essay.
      • Include a heading in the left-hand corner of the first page, including your name, instructor’s name, class name, and the date.
      • The title must follow the heading and will be centered. Do NOT underline , bold , or “quote” your title.
      • Include in-text citations and works cited page.
    • Example: First page of an essay in MLA format.
    • Citations:
      • Citations are used to credit a source that you obtain information from.
      • This is necessary in any and all writing pieces, as it is important to credit the work of others.
      • Avoid unintentional plagiarizing.
      • PLAGIARISM : The act of using another person’s words or ideas in the attempt of passing them off as your own.
      • Consequences for plagiarizing, even if unintentional, can result in academic suspension and even expulsion.
      • What are they and why are they important?
    • Citations: continued.
      • Citations are not just used when quoting.
      • If you summarize or rephrase another individual’s ideas, then you must still cite them as a source.
      • If the information is taken verbally (interview, class lecture) you must still cite that information.
      • Even if you are taking information from your previous essay, you must still cite it.
    • How to cite: in-text citations.
      • There are many different methods of citing in your text.
      • In-text citations usually consist of the author’s name and the page number the information/quote was found on (placed at the end of the sentence).
      • Examples:
        • In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the narrator indentifies her insecurities when she states, “Even without makeup, I could never pass for true Chinese” (142).
        • In Wuthering Heights , Mr. Earnshaw’s health “. . . began to fail. He had been active and healthy, yet his strength left him suddenly. . .” (Bront ë 44).
    • Works Cited
      • The works cited page should include a detailed list of all the outside sources used in the essay.
      • It should be written on a separate page.
      • The sources should be stated in alphabetical order.
      • Use hanging indentation for every source.
      • Books, magazines, online sources, videos, movies and all other sources have to include their own citation.
      • Pay special attention to punctuation and order of the information provided.
    • Works Cited page:
    • Works Cited: Books
      • Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights . New York: Signet Classic, 1993. 42-67. Print.
      • Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club . New York: Putnam's, 1989. Print.
      Last, first name Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication (year). of author. Last, first name Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication (year). of author. Page numbers used .
    • Works Cited: Articles from a website.
      • Mitchoff, Kate Houston. "Web sites." Teacher Librarian 33.1 (2005): 7+. Academic OneFile . Web. 21 Mar. 2011.
    • Works Cited
      • http://www.ehow.com/about_5063067_define-mla-writing-format.html
    • In conclusion,
      • Any questions?
      • Please fill out an evaluation form before leaving and don’t forget to take home our official handout on MLA Format !