MLA Spring 2013 HACC

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MLA Spring 2013 HACC

  1. 1. USING MLA STYLE: GENERAL GUIDELINESBrought to you by the Learning Commons
  2. 2. What is MLA Style? Created by the Modern Language Association Provides writers with credibility Protects writers from accusations of plagiarism Allows writers to cross-reference sources Allows readers to easily locate source material
  3. 3. Here’s what we’ll cover: Basic format In-text citations Works Cited page
  4. 4. Basic Format 1” inch margins all around 12 point font, Times New Roman or Arial Double spaced Identification in upper left corner of first page Use a running header to number pages in top right hand corner, include your last name Hartzel 2
  5. 5. What should I cite? Paraphrases and summaries “Unique words or phrases”  no direct quotes for this assignment, please!
  6. 6. Paraphrases, summariesElements:Author + signal phrase + summary (pagenumber). -or-Signal phrase + Author + summary (pagenumber).
  7. 7. Paraphrases, summariesWith an author – Right! Nancy Nakano’s article, “From Internment toIndiana,” portrays how an Indiana church took alead role relocating Japanese Americans frominternment camps (1).With an author – Wrong! Nancy Nakano’s article, “From Internment toIndiana,” portrays how an Indiana church took alead role relocating Japanese Americans frominternment camps (Nakano1).
  8. 8. Paraphrases, summariesNo author – Right! “Election Officers Visit Internment Camps”examines the potential votes that will be cast bypeople living in internment camps (13-14).No author – Wrong! “Election Officers Visit Internment Camps”examines the potential votes that will be cast bypeople living in internment camps (“Election” 13-14).
  9. 9. Signal Phrases acknowledges  disputes admits  emphasizes agrees  insists argues  notes claims  observes contends  suggests denies  writes Borrowed from Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual: Fourth Edition
  10. 10. QuotesElements:Signal phrase + Author + “quotation” + (pagenumber) + your own words. One of McNair’s grading criteria includes,“summary states title and author in first sentence,”(2) which will be examined in a later slide. Note: please don’t use direct quotes in this assignment
  11. 11. Creating Works Cited Separate page, end of paper Include both works referenced in your paper Label it Works Cited (centered) Double spaced Alphabetized by last name – don’t reorder names!  No author? Alphabetize by title of article
  12. 12. Article from DatabaseLast Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Journal Title volume.issue (year): pages. Database Name. Medium. Date of access.“Ray Charles.” The Columbia Encyclopedia.(2008). Credo Reference. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.
  13. 13. Popular Magazine - onlineLast Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Journal Title. Date of Publication. Database. Medium. Date of Access.Parshall, Jonathan and Michael J. Wenger. "Pearl Harbors Overlooked Answer." Naval History. 13 Dec. 2011. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.
  14. 14. Newspaper Article - onlineLast Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Newspaper Title. Date of Publication. Database. Medium. Date of Access."Joe Sixpack: How Prohibition Played Out in Philadelphia - Last Call Author to Speak at Constitution Center." Philadelphia Daily News. 18 Oct. 2012. NewsBank. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.
  15. 15. Works Cited"Joe Sixpack: How Prohibition Played Out in Philadelphia - Last Call Author to Speak at Constitution Center." Philadelphia Daily News. 18 Oct. 2012. NewsBank. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.Parshall, Jonathan and Michael J. Wenger. "Pearl Harbors Overlooked Answer." Naval History. 13 Dec. 2011. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.“Ray Charles.” The Columbia Encyclopedia.(2008). Credo Reference. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.
  16. 16. Want More Info? Diana Hacker’s, A Pocket Style Manual, Sixth Ed. Class LibGuide MLA Citation Website Learning Center – tutors and academic coach

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