MLA Citations and Formatting Basics


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Just about everything you need to know about MLA for your Freshman research paper.

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MLA Citations and Formatting Basics

  1. 1. Paper 2-3 pages MLA format Double spaced, size 12, Times New Roman Must use 3 sources – one must be a print sources, unless the library has no print source for your person Must have a complete works cited page
  2. 2. Presentation 2-3 minutes DO NOT just read your paper to the class Must have a visual component which can include:  PowerPoint  Picture  Poster  Prop  Book  Video
  3. 3. What You Need to Know to Write Your Research Paper
  4. 4. Thesis A statement supported by arguments. This is the answer to your research question.
  5. 5. Example Question: How has __________ influenced _________? How has Graham Greene influenced literature? Thesis: ___________ has influenced ________ by _____________. Graham Greene is a famous British author who influenced the literary world with his innovative style.
  6. 6. Citation for Books Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Ex.Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, 1987. Print.
  7. 7. Citations for pages of a website “Page Title.” Website Title. Website Publisher, date updated. Web. Day month year accessed. Ex. "How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2009.
  8. 8. Citation for magazine articles Author last name, First name. "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication. Ex. Poniewozik, James. "TV Makes a Too-Close Call." Time 20 Nov. 2000: 70-71. Print.
  9. 9. In-text citations This is the way to give credit to your sources in your paper without disrupting the flow of your paper. There are different citations to use for each type of source you have. Usually it is the author’s last name in parentheses. The period always goes outside of the citation.
  10. 10. Example for Books Michael Dobson explains the dangers of the Lady Macbeth stereotype that the whole of Macbeth can be boiled down to the point where Lady Macbeth is a “power-hungry monster of a wife [who] succeeds in nagging her husband into killing the rightful king” (7). The author’s name is used in the sentence so the citation is just the page number.
  11. 11. Example for Books However none of these things indicates that Lady Macbeth participates in the “renunciation of her own desire” and “unquestioningly seeks to confirm her husband’s ambition” (Alfar 190). (Author’s last name #)
  12. 12. For Magazines, Newspapers, etc. If there is an author, use their last name in parentheses. If there is no author, use the title of the article with the quotation marks. (“Finding Things”)
  13. 13. For Websites Give the author’s last name if you have one. If you don’t have an author, give the title of the article. (“Chili Cook-off Secrets”).
  14. 14. FormattingHeader: in far right corner of pages 2-end Last name pg#Times New RomanDouble spacedSize 12
  15. 15. From the topYour first and last nameTeacher’s nameEnglish IV – class period5 March 2012 Title of your paper This is where your paper starts!