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MLA

Why MLA? What is MLA?


MLA stands for Modern Language Associate and follows a specific structure/format for specific subjects MLA allows the reader to easily cross reference your sources. (In other words, is it
real? Is it accurate? Is it current?)

Proper MLA citation also helps you avoid plagiarism. MLA is made up of two parts: 1. direct quotations (you are repeating another source word for word) 2. work cited page Titles are centered on the first page, not in bold or italicized If the paper is longer than one page your last name needs to be placed in the top right hand corner next to the page number

What Does MLA look like?

Still confused? Take a second look

What Quotes will look like:


When you quote an author or researcher in your paper you must use quotation marks around what it is they said. At the end of the quote you will have parenthesis with the authors last name and the page number this tells the reader what page the information you used appears. Example: According to Washington, Abraham Lincoln is often quoted as saying, one can never trust the internet or its sources (Blooms 75).
punctuation

Authors last name

Pg. #

I really want to use this quote, but its long!


For quotations that are more than four lines of verse or prose: place quotations in a freestanding block of text and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented one inch from the left margin (one tab); maintain double-spacing..

What a long quote looks like in your paper:

Work Cited
Last page of your paper

Work Cited is centered at the top


Complete list of ALL the sources you used in your paper Three basic things are required for your Works Cited page: authors name, title, and publishing information. Entries in Alphabetical order by authors last name or title of the article (if the authors name is unknown). Each line after the authors last name in indented 5 spaces or one tab. Numbered with your last name in the top right hand corner Get stuck with MLA format?check out Purdue Owl online writing lab (question #10 on your handout)

Help! I have two authors with same name!


If your paper has two sources by authors with the same last name you have two choices, include the author's first name in the text or the parenthetical citation (parenthesis): Example using the authors name in your paper: Tom Peters talks about a company that facilitates employees' renewal by shutting down its factory for several hours per week while teams work through readings on current business topics (57). Example using the author in the parenthesis: a company that facilitates employees' renewal by shutting down its factory for several hours per week while teams work through readings on current business topics is the challenge for many CEOs (Peters, Tom 57). On your work cited page use the first letter of the authors first name to determine which author will go first in your list of references.

Formula for Citations


Just plug in the information to correct format. Alphabetize by authors LAST name.
Book: Last name, First name. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Work in an anthology, article in a collection, chapter of an edited book: Last name, First name. "Title of Piece." Title of Collection. Ed. Editor's Name(s). Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page Range of Entry. Medium of Publication.

Article in a Reference Work: Title. Title of Reference Work. Ed. Editors Name. Number of Edition (if given). Vol. Volume Number (if given). Place of Publication :Publisher, Date. Medium of Publication.

More Formulas.
Article from a Newspaper: Last name, First name. Title of Article. Title of Newspaper Date, edition (if given): Page range. Medium of Publication. (If there is no author, begin with the title.)
Article from a Magazine: Last name, First name. Title of Article. Title of Magazine Date: Page Range. Medium of Publication.

Article from a Magazine from and Electronic Database: Last name, First name. Title of Article. Title of Magazine Date: Page Range. Website. Web. Date accessed. <URL>
*write down the formulas in blue on the BRIGHT orange paper I gave you.

What a Works Cited Page looks like:

Examples of citations:
You will NOT list the type of citation on your work cited page I did it for your reference.

Gale Literacy Criticism-scholarly article:

Lets Practice! With your neighbor, put the following information in the correct order for a Works Cited Page
Book: Author: Edward Cornish Title: Futuring: The Exploration of the Future City of Publication: Bethesda, Maryland Publisher: World Future Society Date: 2004 Magazine Article: Author: Carmen Wong Ulrich Article Title: Stop Stressing Over MoneyNow! Magazine Title: Health Date: April 2006 Pages: 126-128 Newspaper Article: Author: James ONeill Article Title: Richland is Given Award for Quality Management Newspaper Title: Dallas Morning News Date: 20 April 2006 Pages: 6B
Magazine Article from an Electronic Database

Author: Anne McGrath Article Title: A New Read on Teen Literacy Magazine Title: U.S. News & World Report Date: 28 February 2005 Pages: 68-70 Database: Academic Search Premiere URL: http://www.aspliteracy.com Date Accessed: 6 Feb. 2013

The Answers:
Work Cited Cornish, Edward. Futuring: The Exploration of the Future. Bethesda, Maryland. World Future Society. 2004. Print McGrath, Anne. A New Read on Teen Literacy U.S. News & World Report . 28 February 2005 pp.68-70. Academic Research Premiere. Web. 6 Feb. 2013 <Url:http://www.aspliteracy.com> Oneil, James. Richland is Given Award for Quality Management. Dallas Morning News. 20 April 2006. pp.6B. Print Ulrich, Carmen Wong. Stop Stressing Over Money-Now! Health . April 2006 Pp: 126-128. Print