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1 Modern Language Association Documented Essay Format as provided by Purdue University’s and Capital Community College’s “A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation”

2 Paper Format (paraphrased from Purdue University’s OWL and Capital Community College’s “A Guide”) Paper:8 ½” x 11” white paper. Margins: 1” all around Spacing: double-spaced throughout Heading and Title: (On the top left margin) Student’s Name Instructor’s Name Course Name Date (04 November 2003) (Centered) Title ( plain text, unless the title of a longer work is part of your title )

3 Pagination (paraphrased from Capital Community College’s “A Guide”) (On the top right margin) Including the first page, pages should be numbered consecutively following the student’s last name and a space. (You may use the header option in your word processor for automatic pagination.) Catahay 1

4 Quotations (paraphrased from Purdue University’s OWL and Capital Community College’s “A Guide”) If a quotation is fewer than four lines on your paper, the quoted information should be placed in quotation marks in your text. Place periods and commas within quotation marks. Question marks, exclamation marks, semicolons, and colons should be placed depending on the context of the sentence. When quoting lines of poetry, the slash ( / ) with a space on both its sides indicates a line break. If a quotation is longer than four typed lines on your paper, begin your quote on a new line, indented 1 inch from the margin. Leave out quotation marks and place the end punctuation before the citation.

5 Documentation (paraphrased from Purdue University’s OWL and Capital Community College’s “A Guide”) Parenthetical Citations immediately follow quotations and paraphrased information. Parenthetical citations include the author's name (or the title of the work) and the page (or paragraph) number of the work. Periods are placed after parenthetical citations. Example: (Angelou 58). All cited information must be listed on the Works Cited page

6 Parenthetical Citations (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263). Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263). An anonymous Wordsworth critic once argued that his poems were too emotional ("Wordsworth Is A Loser," 100).

7 Work(s) Cited Page (paraphrased from Purdue University’s OWL and Capital Community College’s “A Guide”) This page is separate from the essay’s body. “Works Cited” should be centered in plain text at the top of the list; everything else is aligned at the left margin of the page. (If only one source is listed, write “Work Cited” instead. Entries must be in alphabetical order and double- spaced. The first line of each reference should be flush left. All lines after should be ½” indented. (You may use the hanging indent option in your word processor.)

8 Books (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) Author(s). Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Book with more than one author Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, Book or article with no author named Encyclopedia of Indiana. New York: Somerset, "Cigarette Sales Fall 30% as California Tax Rises." New York Times 14 Sept. 1999: A17. Anthology or collection Peterson, Nancy J., ed. Toni Morrison: Critical and Theoretical Approaches. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997.

9 References/Periodicals (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) Article from a reference book "Jamaica." Encyclopedia Britannica ed. An article in a periodical (such as a newspaper or magazine) Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Source Day Month Year: pages. An article in a scholarly journal Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Vol (Year): pages.

10 Online Sources (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) Sources without specified authors should be alphabetized by article titles or web titles and place in quotations within parenthetical citations. A web site Author(s). Name of Page. Date of Posting/Revision. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site. Date of Access. An article on a web site Author(s)."Article Title." Name of web site. Date of posting/revision. Name of institution/organization affiliated with site. Date of access. An article in an online journal or magazine Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume. Issue (Year): Pages/Paragraphs. Date of Access. An Online Image or Series of Images Artist if available. "Description or title of image." Date of image. Online image. Title of larger site. Date of download..

11 CD-Rom References (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) Article in a reference database on CD-ROM "World War II." Encarta. CD-ROM. Seattle: Microsoft, Article from a periodically published database on CD-ROM Reed, William. "Whites and the Entertainment Industry." Tennessee Tribune 25 Dec. 1996: 28. EthnicNewsWatch. CD-ROM. Data Technologies. Feb

12 Other Sources (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) Government publication United States Dept. of Health and Human Services. Healthy People2010:Understanding and Improving Health. Washington: GPO, Pamphlet Office of the Dean of Students. Resources for Success: Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University, Interview that you conducted Purdue, Pete. Personal Interview. 1 Dec

13 Other Sources (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) A lecture or a speech To cite a lecture or a speech, "give the speaker's name, the title of the lecture or speech (if known) in quotation marks, the meeting and the sponsoring organization (if applicable), the location [including place and city, if available], and the date. If there is no title, use an appropriate descriptive label (e.g., Lecture, Address, Keynote speech), neither underlined nor enclosed in quotation marks" (MLA Handbook, 206). Harris, Muriel. "Writing Labs: A Short History." 2003 Writing Center Conference. National Writing Centers Association. La Swank Hotel, Seattle. 28 March 2003.

14 Other Sources (Examples are quoted from Purdue University’s OWL) Advertisement Lufthansa. Advertisement. Time 20 Nov. 2000: 151. Television or radio program "The Blessing Way." The X-Files. Fox. WXIA, Atlanta. 19 Jul Sound recording U2. All That You Can't Leave Behind. Interscope, Film The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Perf. Kevin Spacey,Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro. Polygram, Advertisement Staples. Advertisement. CBS. 3 Dec

15 Works Cited Purdue University Online Writing Lab. Using Modern Language Association. December Purdue University. 22 October “OWL Logo." Online image. Purdue University Online Writing Lab. 22 October A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation. June Capital Community College. 22 October 2003.


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