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1 I can use MLA format when directly quoting material that is not my own (the ellipses version)

2 ... &.... If you don’t want to use the entire passage but parts of the text, you must use __________ to indicate that you have omitted a word, words, a sentence, or larger passages from the text. NOTE: You can’t _________________ ____________!

3 ... &.... If you don’t want to use the entire passage but parts of the text, you must use ellipses to indicate that you have omitted a word, words, a sentence, or larger passages from the text. NOTE: You can’t change the original meaning of the passage! I give this movie 4 stars except for the scene where a dog dies. I give this movie 4 stars... for the scene where the dog dies.

4 ... &.... You can’t change the original meaning of the passage! One website explained it well: A word of caution: Ellipses may not be used to alter the quotation in a way that inaccurately or unfairly represents the original text, either in meaning or grammatical construction. Quite simply, do not use ellipses to make a quote say something other than what the author originally intended.

5 ... &.... deleting words at start of quote: start quote at appropriate place w/lower case letter to show words have been left out The New York Times reports that screening for cystic fibrosis is “becoming common practice in doctors’ offices” (Thomas 66).

6 ... &.... passage from Theo’s book resource: Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon author: James Sullivan publisher: Gotham Books, NYC published: 2006 pg #: 123 use all MLA skills we’ve practiced omit the parts in bold For the denim industry, those same “scruffy” teenagers were good customers. On the cusp of Summer Love, Levi Strauss & Co.’s advertising agency cut a series of radio commercials tilted toward the increasingly eccentric listening habits of the psychedelic underground.

7 ... &.... “those same ‘scruffy’ teenagers were good customers. On the cusp of Summer Love, Levi Strauss & Co.’s advertising agency cut a series of radio commercials tilted toward the increasingly eccentric listening habits of the psychedelic underground” (Sullivan 123).

8 ... &.... deleting words at start of quote: But if shortened quote can be read as complete sentence, add [ ] around capitalized 1 st letter at start of quote Original passage: Today’s drivers do more than just drive. Whether the distraction arises from built-in ‘infotainment’ systems or from portable electronic devices brought into the vehicle, drivers have many nondriving tasks available to them at any given time. As a recent publication explains, “Today’s drivers do more than just drive.... [D]rivers have many nondriving tasks available to them at any given time” (Salvucci and Taatgen 67).

9 ... &.... deleting words in middle of quote: show that words have been omitted by using ellipses Original passage: Human improvement is a fact of life, not because of the state eugenics committee, but because of consumer demand. “Human improvement is a fact of life... because of consumer demand” explain experts (Peters 75).

10 ... &.... passage from Theo’s web source titled: “Levi Strauss & Co.” author: none listed website “publisher”: Harvard University article posted: 2012 quote on 2 nd pg (3 total pgs) use all MLA skills we’ve practiced omit the parts in bold Levi Strauss & Co. began to focus on its marketing efforts on young people, members of the “baby boom,” who would wear its pants, then called colloquially as “Levi’s,” for play, not work.

11 ... &.... “Levi Strauss & Co. began to focus on its marketing efforts on young people, members of the ‘baby boom,’ who would wear its pants... for play, not work” (“Levi Strauss & Co.”).

12 ... &.... deleting words at end of quote: if you leave out words at end of quote & it also happens to be end of your sentence – put no space between last word & ellipses – add extra period at end of quote – put no space between last dot & quote mark Today “Democrats are more socialist than nationalists....” (Smith 3).

13 ... &.... passage from Theo’s database resource titled: “No Matter Who Wears ‘em, They’re Still Mom Jeans” author: Cecilia Rivenbark website “publisher”: The Monitor (newspaper in Texas) published: 2007 quote was found on 1 st pg (2 total pgs) use all MLA skills we’ve practiced omit the parts in bold Mom jeans are, frankly, hideous. No one looks good in them, with their strange and cruel propensity to broaden hips, flatten the butt and taper in a ghastly fashion at the ankle. This look is clearly so unflattering that they were lampooned in a classic “Saturday Night Live” skit circulated on the Internet for years.

14 ... &.... “Mom jeans are, frankly, hideous. No one looks good in them, with their strange and cruel propensity to broaden hips, flatten the butt and taper in ghastly fashion at the ankle. This look is clearly so unflattering....” (Rivenbark).

15 ... &.... deleting a sentence or several sentences from quote: use 4 dots (3 regular ones + 1 more to show a period belonging to a sentence(s) has been removed) – put no space between last dot & other words Original passage: Some individuals make it a goal to purchase the most recent fashions. For example, they buy from small boutiques and high end department stores. However, not everyone can afford this lifestyle. “Some individuals make it a goal to purchase the most recent fashions.... However, not everyone can afford this lifestyle”

16 ... &.... passage from Theo’s book resource: American Values (an anthology) name of book editor: David L. Bender name of article she will quote: “America’s Basic Values Have Not Changed” pages of entire article: author of article: Harry J. Gray publisher: Greenhaven Press (in San Diego) published: 1989 pg #: 68 use all MLA skills we’ve learned omit the parts in bold Other things may change, but our national virtues remain constant. Sometimes we forget them. Some of us may try to forget them. They are national characteristics that distinguish us as a people. They are our heritage from the past and our legacy to the future.

17 ... &.... “Other things may change, but our national virtues remain constant.... They are national characteristics that distinguish us as a people. They are our heritage from the past and our legacy to the future” (Gray 68).

18 ... &.... deleting info at end of one sentence & info at start of next sentence: – use 4 dots (4 th dot = period at end of sentence not fully quoting; lets readers know that quote uses more than one sentence from source) – put no space between 1 st ellipsis point & last word in quote – leave 1 st letter of 1 st word lower The constitution states that “Council members will forfeit their seats if they miss three or more consecutive meetings of the council.... because of vacations, business trips, or other meetings” (County Constitution 78).

19 ... &.... use all MLA skills we’ve learned omit the parts in bold Mom jeans are, frankly, hideous. No one looks good in them, with their strange and cruel propensity to broaden hips, flatten the butt and taper in a ghastly fashion at the ankle. This look is clearly so unflattering that they were lampooned in a classic “Saturday Night Live” skit circulated on the Internet for years.

20 ... &.... “Mom jeans are, frankly, hideous. No one looks good in them.... [T]hey were lampooned in a classic ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit circulated on the Internet for years”

21 ... &.... deleting one or more entire paragraphs from quote: indent four points & place them on a separate line “Poverty imposes costs on the nonpoor that warrant, on strictly economic grounds and without regard to ethical or political considerations, incurring some costs to reduce it..... Poverty will continue to bring high costs to large cities”


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