Presentation on theme: "How to Create a Works Cited page in MLA Format"— Presentation transcript:
1 How to Create a Works Cited page in MLA Format Adapted from powerpoint atGVSU Writing CenterGrand Valley State University
2 Overview of MLA Formatting Used in humanities fields, such as English, writing, philosophy, and modern languagesExpressed by in-text, parenthetical documentationIncludes a Works Cited pageDefinitive Source: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th Edition, 2003.
3 Why Document Sources in MLA Format? To give credit where credit is due: avoid plagiarismTo establish your credibility as a careful scholar within the fieldTo ensure consistency within the discipline: readers know what to expectTo give readers access to the sources you cite
4 How Documentation Works In-text citations refer to a Works Cited pageWorks Cited page gives readers bibliographic information to locate sources themselvesList sources alphabeticallyUse hanging indents
5 Works Cited PageProvides bibliographic information so readers can find sources themselvesEach entry includes this basic information:Author’s nameTitle of workPublication information: Source of work, date published, volume and issue numbers, and page numbersQuick Tip: All sources cited in the paper must be listed on the Works Cited page. All sources listed on the Works Cited page must have been cited in the paper itself. Must be listed alphabetically.
6 A Sample Works Cited Page Davis, Barbara, Michael Scriven, and Susan Thomas. The Evaluation of Composition Instruction. New York: Teachers College P, 1987.Hanson, F. Allan. Testing Testing: Social Consequences of the Examined Life. Berkeley: U of California P, 1993.Huot, Brian A. “The Literature of Direct Writing Assessment: Major Concerns and Prevailing Trends.” Review of Educational Research 60 (1990):Yancey, Kathleen. “Looking Back as We Look Forward: Historicizing Writing Assessment.” College Composition and Communication 50.3 (1999):
7 Sample CitationBook:Davis, Barbara, Michael Scriven, and Susan Thomas. The Evaluation of Composition Instruction. New York: Teachers College P, 1987.Quick Tips: This is a hanging indent. Don’t try to do it with tabs – you should use the Paragraph Format that Word offers call Hanging indent.Simply write “P” to stand for “Press.” Although you should begin the entry with the last name of the first author, you should write the names of the other authors in first-name/last-name format, for easier readability.
8 Sample Citation Article in a scholarly journal: Yancey, Kathleen. “Looking Back as We Look Forward: Historicizing Writing Assessment.” College Composition and Communication 50.3 (1999):
9 Sample Citation Scholarly article from a database: Walstad, William. “Improving Assessment in University Economics.” Journal of Economic Education 32.3 (2001): Proquest. Grand Valley State U Lib., Allendale, MI. 18 Feb <www.proquest.com>.Quick Tip: Each type of electronic source is documented differently. Consult the MLA Handbook for information about how to format correctly each source you cite.
10 Sample Citation A source with no known author: “Squeezing the Poor for Votes.” New York Times on the Web. 18 February 2004 <http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/18/opinion/18WED2.html>.Quick Tip: Since there is no author’s name listed, you’ll list the citation on the Works Cited page alphabetized by the first key word in the title (in this case, “Squeezing”).
11 Web Site CitationsCreate citations using Citation Builder, a program in WorldBookOnlineJust fill in the blanks (if no info, leave blank)
12 WorldBookOnline Is found on our Library Homepage Use the link Visit Your School Library on the left column on the District web siteIt’s under Online Databases and Reference Sources
13 Where Can You Find MLA Documentation Help? Niagara Falls High School Web Page – English Language Arts HeadingFor creating citations, World Book Online, in World Book Discover, the Citation Builder tabLook at the MLA Citation Powerpoints on the NFHS Library site