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MLA Citations


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This powerpoint was adapted from Purdue University for my middle school students. Please always give credit where credit is due and don't plagiarize.

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MLA Citations

  1. 1. NO more plagiarizing! NO morestealing! All you have to do is citeyour sources.And we are going to show you how.Reference: Purdue University revisedby Mrs. Prindible Smith, M. Ed. 2012
  2. 2.  Type on white 8.5” x 11” paper Double-space everything Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font (orsimilar font) Use italics for titles Hanging indention:Hunt, Tim. "The Misreading of Kerouac." Review of Contemporary Fiction 3.2(1983): 29-33. Ed. Carl Riley. Vol. 61. Detroit: Gale, 1990. 308-10.Print.
  3. 3.  MLA uses parenthetical citations Parenthetical citations depend on themedium (e.g. Print, Web, DVD) Parenthetical citations also depend on thesource’s entry on the Works Cited page Signal word in the text is the first thing inthe corresponding entry on the Works Citedpage
  4. 4. In-text Example:Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a"spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow ofpowerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263). Wordsworth extensivelyexplored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).Corresponding Works Cited Entry:Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: OxfordU.P., 1967. Print.
  5. 5. In-text Example:Human beings have been described by Kenneth Burke as"symbol-using animals" (3).Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals"(Burke 3).Corresponding Works Cited Entry:Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essayson Life, Literature, and Method. Berkeley: U ofCalifornia P, 1966. Print.
  6. 6. In-text Example:We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likelybecause this region has “more readily accessible climatic dataand more comprehensive programs to monitor and studyenvironmental change . . .” (“Impact of Global Warming” 6).Corresponding Works Cited Entry:“The Impact of Global Warming in North America.”Global Warming: Early Signs. 1999. Web. 23 Mar.2009.
  7. 7. Sample Works Cited page:
  8. 8. Basic Format:Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication:Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.Examples:Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York:Penguin, 1987. Print.Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide toPeer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, 2000. Print.Palmer, William J. Dickens and New Historicism. New York: St.Martins, 1997. Print.---. The Films of the Eighties: A Social History. Carbondale:Southern Illinois UP, 1993. Print.
  9. 9. Web Source Format:Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). “ArticleName.” Name of Site. Version number. Name ofinstitution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsoror publisher). Date of last update. Medium of publication.Date of access.
  10. 10. Works Cited Page: WebExamples:Bernstein, Mark. "10 Tips on Writing the Living Web.”A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites. AList Apart Mag., 16 Aug. 2002. Web. 4 May 2009.Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory.Purdue U, 28 Nov. 2003. Web. 10 May 2006."How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow,n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2009.
  11. 11. Purdue Writing Lab Phone Number: 765-494-3723Purdue OWL: