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Mla Format

  1. 1. MLA Format: The Important Things to Know
  2. 2. When you report on research, you must explain where you got your information, so that
  3. 3. your reader can check to see if you are right.
  4. 4. On the last page of your paper, you list all your sources of information. In MLA format, this is called your “Works Cited” page. Go to Click on “Formats” and then “Samples of MLA, APA and Chicago Formats”
  5. 5. Then, in the body of your paper, you provide in-text citations.
  6. 6. The in-text citations show the reader where to look for the source on your “Works Cited” list.
  7. 7. The important thing is to make it easy for your reader to find the source on the “Works Cited” list. pdf
  8. 8. For this reason, your in-text citation must begin with the same words that begin your entry on the “Works Cited” list.
  9. 9. Now we will look at some basic models for the entries on your “Works Cited” list. Click on “Formats,” the click on “Instructions for APA and MLA Format .”
  10. 10. Here is the model for a book:
  11. 11. Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book . Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.
  12. 13. Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents . Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.
  13. 14. For the rest of the information, look at the other side of the title page:
  14. 15. Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents . New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1992.
  15. 16. Tips to remember: *Copy the punctuation exactly. *If information is missing, leave it out and go on to the next thing.
  16. 17. Here is the model for periodical (a newspaper or magazine):
  17. 19. "Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.” Time 30 June 1947:1.
  18. 20. Notice that: *All dates are in MLA format. *If you don’t know the author, you omit it and go to the title.
  19. 21. Here is the model for a page on a Web site:
  20. 22. Stolley, Karl. &quot;MLA Formatting and Style Guide.&quot; The OWL at Purdue . 10 May 2006. Purdue University Writing Lab. 12 May 2006 <>.
  21. 23. Now, let’s try it:
  22. 24. Here is the model for an article from a library database:
  23. 25. Author. &quot;Title of Article.&quot; Periodical Name Volume Number (if necessary) Publication Date: page number-page number. Database name. Service name. Library Name, City, State. Date of access <electronic address of the database>.
  24. 26. Here is an example:
  25. 27. Smith, Martin. &quot;World Domination for Dummies.&quot; Journal of Despotry Feb. 2000: 66-72. Expanded Academic ASAP. Gale Group Databases. Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, IN. 19 Feb. 2003 <>.
  26. 28. Now, let’s try it: Go to Click on “Libraries,” then on “Laney College Library,” then on “Articles and Information,” then on “Academic OneFile.” If you need the username, it is oakl75399.
  27. 29. Choose an article, for example: Do a basic search for “Randy Moore, and select the first article that comes up:
  28. 30. Jensen, Philip A. and Randy Moore. &quot;Students' Behaviors, Grades & Perceptions in an Introductory Biology Course.” The American Biology Teacher. 70.8 October 2008:483(5). Academic Onefile. Gale Group Data Bases. Laney College Library, Oakland, CA. 20 November 2008 <>.
  29. 31. When do you need to cite? *any direct quotation
  30. 32. *Any idea that you got from another author . *Any figures or statistics.
  31. 33. If you paraphrase another author, provide a citation!
  32. 34. If you use another author’s exact words , use quotation marks and provide a citation!