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  1. 1. What’s “MLA” style? <br />And Why Does It Matter?<br />
  2. 2. MLA Style<br />Developed by the Modern Language Association (MLA)<br />Used in English and some other humanities courses<br />Sets standards for: <br />How documents are formatted<br />How sources are identified<br />
  3. 3. When to use MLA style for this class<br />In all formal papers, whether researched or not<br />In the research project:<br />On the proposal/annotated bibliography<br />In the rough draft<br />On the final draft of the paper<br />
  4. 4. Other Styles<br />Other disciplines have their own styles, including:<br />American Psychological Association (APA) used in social sciences <br />Chicago Manual of Style (CMS or “Chicago”) used in history and some humanities <br />A main purpose of all styles is to prove where your research came from<br />
  5. 5. Using an Academic Style<br />Style information can be found from many sources:<br />Your Writing Today textbook (Ch. 27)<br />Your Writer’s Reference handbook (MLA tabbed section)<br />The Reynolds library Citing Sources page<br />http://library.reynolds.edu/research/cite/default.htm<br />An online writing lab such as the OWL@Purdue<br />http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/<br />
  6. 6. Using an Academic Style<br />Citations can be automatically generated by citation “machines”:<br />EasyBib<br />Noodle Bib Express<br />Knight Cite<br />Word processing programs, such as MS Word<br />But beware . . . <br />
  7. 7. Using an Academic Style <br />You can’t replace your own work with a machine. Automatically generated citations:<br />Need the right input to create the right kind of citations<br />Frequently include errors or omissions<br />Usually are created in the wrong font and font size to match your paper<br />For all of these reasons, you need to educate yourself on the basics of MLA citation <br />
  8. 8. Your turn!<br />Begin to get familiar with MLA documentation:<br />Review Ch. 27 in Writing Today and the MLA tabbed section of the handbook <br />Look at the citation information from the library and from the OWL@Purdue<br />With a basic understanding of MLA conventions—and how to find what you need for your particular citation—you’ll soon be able to use correct MLA style for your English papers.<br />

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