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  • 1. MLA Format Workshop By Tatevik and Melissa
  • 2. 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…
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Example: First page of an essay in MLA format.
  • 6. 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?
  • 7.  
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. 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).
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. Works Cited page:
  • 12. 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 .
  • 13. Works Cited: Articles from a website.
    • Mitchoff, Kate Houston. "Web sites." Teacher Librarian 33.1 (2005): 7+. Academic OneFile . Web. 21 Mar. 2011.
  • 14. Works Cited
  • 15. 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 !