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MLA Format

  1. 1. MLA Format Workshop By Tatevik and Melissa
  2. 2. Student Learning Outcomes: <ul><li>Students will have a clearer understanding of MLA Format. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will feel more comfortable implementing MLA Formatting procedures on their own. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will understand the importance of citing sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will become aware of plagiarism and will know how to avoid plagiarizing. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be able to create their own works cited page to document the sources they use in essays. </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of this workshop… </li></ul>
  3. 3. M odern L anguage A ssociation: <ul><li>The Modern Language Association's writing format is a series of regulations and guidelines for writers. </li></ul><ul><li>It is more organized for most essay writers to use a consistent writing style for essays and citations. </li></ul><ul><li>In college, using an organized format also allows your teachers and fellow readers to clearly understand your essays. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Basics Features of MLA: <ul><li>Times New Roman font, 12 point size. </li></ul><ul><li>Double-space entire paper. </li></ul><ul><li>All margins should be set to 1”. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a header with your last name and page number at the upper-right hand corner of your essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a heading in the left-hand corner of the first page, including your name, instructor’s name, class name, and the date. </li></ul><ul><li>The title must follow the heading and will be centered. Do NOT underline , bold , or “quote” your title. </li></ul><ul><li>Include in-text citations and works cited page. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Example: First page of an essay in MLA format.
  6. 6. Citations: <ul><li>Citations are used to credit a source that you obtain information from. </li></ul><ul><li>This is necessary in any and all writing pieces, as it is important to credit the work of others. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid unintentional plagiarizing. </li></ul><ul><li>PLAGIARISM : The act of using another person’s words or ideas in the attempt of passing them off as your own. </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences for plagiarizing, even if unintentional, can result in academic suspension and even expulsion. </li></ul><ul><li>What are they and why are they important? </li></ul>
  7. 8. Citations: continued. <ul><li>Citations are not just used when quoting. </li></ul><ul><li>If you summarize or rephrase another individual’s ideas, then you must still cite them as a source. </li></ul><ul><li>If the information is taken verbally (interview, class lecture) you must still cite that information. </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you are taking information from your previous essay, you must still cite it. </li></ul>
  8. 9. How to cite: in-text citations. <ul><li>There are many different methods of citing in your text. </li></ul><ul><li>In-text citations usually consist of the author’s name and the page number the information/quote was found on (placed at the end of the sentence). </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the narrator indentifies her insecurities when she states, “Even without makeup, I could never pass for true Chinese” (142). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Wuthering Heights , Mr. Earnshaw’s health “. . . began to fail. He had been active and healthy, yet his strength left him suddenly. . .” (Bront ë 44). </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>The works cited page should include a detailed list of all the outside sources used in the essay. </li></ul><ul><li>It should be written on a separate page. </li></ul><ul><li>The sources should be stated in alphabetical order. </li></ul><ul><li>Use hanging indentation for every source. </li></ul><ul><li>Books, magazines, online sources, videos, movies and all other sources have to include their own citation. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay special attention to punctuation and order of the information provided. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Works Cited page:
  11. 12. Works Cited: Books <ul><li>Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights . New York: Signet Classic, 1993. 42-67. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club . New York: Putnam's, 1989. Print. </li></ul>Last, first name Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication (year). of author. Last, first name Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication (year). of author. Page numbers used .
  12. 13. Works Cited: Articles from a website. <ul><li>Mitchoff, Kate Houston. &quot;Web sites.&quot; Teacher Librarian 33.1 (2005): 7+. Academic OneFile . Web. 21 Mar. 2011. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Works Cited <ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 15. In conclusion, <ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Please fill out an evaluation form before leaving and don’t forget to take home our official handout on MLA Format ! </li></ul>