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MLA 7 Edition
th

Formatting and Style
Guide
Adapted from: OWL Purdue
Format: General Guidelines
 Type on white 8.5“ x 11“ paper
 Double-space everything
 Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font (o...
Formatting the 1st Page
 No title page, unless teacher requests
 Double space everything
 In the upper left corner of t...
Sample 1st Page
When to cite in your paper
• You must acknowledge in your paper the source of
– A direct quotation
– A statistic
– An idea...
What is “Common
Knowledge”?
• A well-known fact.
• Information that is likely to appear in numerous sources
(3+) and to be...
In-Text Citations: the Basics
 MLA uses parenthetical citations
 Parenthetical citations depend on the medium
(e.g. Prin...
Author-Page Styles
Corresponding Works Cited Entry:
Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford
UP, 1967. Print.
...
JSTOR Citation
Corresponding Works Cited Entry:
Moses, Cat. "The Blues Aesthetic in Toni Morrison's
'The Bluest Eye.'" Afr...
With Unknown Author –
common for Internet Sources
Corresponding Works Cited Entry:
“The Impact of Global Warming in North ...
Other In-Text Citations 1
Classic & Literary Works with Multiple Editions
In-text Example:
Marx and Engels described human...
Other In-Text Citations 2
Work by Multiple Authors
In-text Examples:
Smith, Yang, and Moore argue that tougher gun control...
Other In-Text Citations 3
Multiple Works by the Same Author
In-text Examples:
Lightenor has argued that computers are not ...
Other In-Text Citations 4
Citing Indirect Sources
In-text Example:
Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act a...
Other In-Text Citations 5
Sources from the Internet – Author but no page
numbers:
Corresponding Works Cited Entry:
Garcia,...
Formatting Short Quotations
In-text Examples:
According to some, dreams express “profound aspects of
personality” (Foulkes...
Formatting Long Quotations
(over 4 lines)
In-text Example: (ALL IS DOUBLE SPACED in PAPER)
Nelly Dean treats Heathcliff po...
Adding/Omitting Words
In-text Example for Adding Words (use brackets):
Jan Harold Brunvand, in an essay on urban legends, ...
Works Cited Page: The Basics
Sample Works Cited Page:
Your ultimate source!
Multiple Copies of the MLA
Handbook are available in
the library.

At home, I recommend
OWL Purdue
h...
QUESTIONS????
Contact
Mrs. Smithfield
900-0432 (text)
amanda.smithfield@mnps.org
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Parenthetical Citations

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Parenthetical Citations

  1. 1. MLA 7 Edition th Formatting and Style Guide Adapted from: OWL Purdue
  2. 2. Format: General Guidelines  Type on white 8.5“ x 11“ paper  Double-space everything  Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font (or similar font)  Leave only one space after punctuation  Set all margins to 1 inch on all sides (Word should do this automatically)  Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch (Word should do this automatically) Header with page numbers in the upper right corner (ask Mrs. Smithfield if you don’t know how to do this)
  3. 3. Formatting the 1st Page  No title page, unless teacher requests  Double space everything  In the upper left corner of the 1st page, list your  name, your instructor's name, the course, and date  Center the paper title (use standard caps but no underlining, italics, quote, or bold)  Create a header in the upper right corner at half inch from the top and one inch from the right of the page (include your last name and page number)
  4. 4. Sample 1st Page
  5. 5. When to cite in your paper • You must acknowledge in your paper the source of – A direct quotation – A statistic – An idea (not your own) – Someone else’s opinion – Concrete facts not considered “common knowledge” – Information not commonly known – Illustrations, photographs, or charts – if not yours EVEN IF YOU PARAPHRASE, if you got that information from a source, you still must cite it.
  6. 6. What is “Common Knowledge”? • A well-known fact. • Information that is likely to appear in numerous sources (3+) and to be familiar to large numbers of people. These items are NOT in dispute. • This is the only time you do not need to cite information, provided that you do not copy that information word-forword from a source. • If you are not sure if the information you want to use meets these definitions, ask Mrs. Smithfield or your teacher. • Common Knowledge – when Columbus discovered America, the three branches of American government, etc.
  7. 7. In-Text Citations: the Basics  MLA uses parenthetical citations  Parenthetical citations depend on the medium (e.g. Print, Web, DVD)  Parenthetical citations also depend on the source’s entry on the Works Cited page – MUST HAVE PROPER CITATION ON WC page to do PARENTHETICAL CITATION CORRECTLY.
  8. 8. Author-Page Styles Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford UP, 1967. Print. In-text Examples – ALL CORRECT: Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (263). Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263). Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).
  9. 9. JSTOR Citation Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Moses, Cat. "The Blues Aesthetic in Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye.'" African American Review 33.4 (1999): 623-37. JSTOR. Web. 5 Mar. 2003. In-text Examples: Human beings have been described by Cat Moses as “symbolusing animals” (623). Human beings have been described as “symbol-using animals” (Moses 623).
  10. 10. With Unknown Author – common for Internet Sources Corresponding Works Cited Entry: “The Impact of Global Warming in North America.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 1999. Web. 23 Mar. 2009. In-text Example: We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has “more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change” (“Impact of Global Warming”).
  11. 11. Other In-Text Citations 1 Classic & Literary Works with Multiple Editions In-text Example: Marx and Engels described human history as marked by class struggles (79; ch. 1). Authors with Same Last Names In-text Example: Although some medical ethicists claim that cloning will lead to designer children (R. Miller 12), others note that the advantages for medical research outweigh this consideration (A. Miller 46).
  12. 12. Other In-Text Citations 2 Work by Multiple Authors In-text Examples: Smith, Yang, and Moore argue that tougher gun control is not needed in the United States (76). The authors state “Tighter gun control in the United States erodes Second Amendment rights“ (Smith, Yang, and Moore 76). Jones et al. counter Smith, Yang, and Moore's argument by noting the current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (4).
  13. 13. Other In-Text Citations 3 Multiple Works by the Same Author In-text Examples: Lightenor has argued that computers are not useful tools for small children (“Too Soon” 38), though he has acknowledged elsewhere that early exposure to computer games does lead to better small motor skill development in a child's second and third year (“HandEye Development” 17). Visual studies, because it is such a new discipline, may be “too easy” (Elkins, “Visual Studies” 63).
  14. 14. Other In-Text Citations 4 Citing Indirect Sources In-text Example: Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as “social service centers, and they don't do that well“ (qtd. in Weisman 259). You should try to find the ORIGINAL source rather than quoting someone quoted in another source (For quote above, it would be better to try to find Ravitch’s original article with the quote).
  15. 15. Other In-Text Citations 5 Sources from the Internet – Author but no page numbers: Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Garcia, Elizabeth. “Herzog: a Life.“ Online Film Critics Corner. The Film School of New Hampshire, 2 May 2002. Web. 8 Jan. 2009. In-text Example: One online film critic stated that Fitzcarraldo is “...a beautiful and terrifying critique of obsession and colonialism” (Garcia).
  16. 16. Formatting Short Quotations In-text Examples: According to some, dreams express “profound aspects of personality” (Foulkes 184), though others disagree. According to Foulkes's study, dreams may express “profound aspects of personality” (184). Is it possible that dreams may express “profound aspects of personality” (Foulkes 184)? Cullen concludes, “Of all the things that happened there / That's all I remember” (11-12).
  17. 17. Formatting Long Quotations (over 4 lines) In-text Example: (ALL IS DOUBLE SPACED in PAPER) Nelly Dean treats Heathcliff poorly and dehumanizes him throughout her narration: They entirely refused to have it in bed with them, or even in their room, and I had no more sense, so, I put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it would be gone on the morrow. By chance, or else attracted by hearing his voice, it crept to Mr. Earnshaw's door, and there he found it on quitting his chamber. Inquiries were made as to how it got there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house. (Bronte 78) Notice that the parenthetical citation is AFTER the period! This is only for long quotations.
  18. 18. Adding/Omitting Words In-text Example for Adding Words (use brackets): Jan Harold Brunvand, in an essay on urban legends, states: “some individuals [who retell urban legends] make a point of learning every rumor or tale” (78). In-text example for Omitting Words (use …): In an essay on urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand notes that “some individuals make a point of learning every recent rumor or tale . . . and in a short time a lively exchange of details occurs” (78).
  19. 19. Works Cited Page: The Basics Sample Works Cited Page:
  20. 20. Your ultimate source! Multiple Copies of the MLA Handbook are available in the library. At home, I recommend OWL Purdue https://owl.english.purdue.edu/ow
  21. 21. QUESTIONS???? Contact Mrs. Smithfield 900-0432 (text) amanda.smithfield@mnps.org

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