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1 Using MLA Format

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3 Why do I need to use a format?

4 Using MLA Format Why do I need to use a format? It creates consistency—between assignments, classes, and schools.

5 Using MLA Format Why do I need to use a format? It creates consistency—between assignments, classes, and schools. It is a matter of convenience—you don’t have to create your own method of documentation.

6 Using MLA Format Why do I need to use a format? It creates consistency—between assignments, classes, and schools. It is a matter of convenience—you don’t have to create your own method of documentation. It helps you connect with the academic community.

7 Using MLA Format Why do I need to use a format? It creates consistency—between assignments, classes, and schools. It is a matter of convenience—you don’t have to create your own method of documentation. It helps you connect with the academic community. It is expected that you will use one.

8 Using MLA Format Why do I need to use a format? It creates consistency—between assignments, classes, and schools. It is a matter of convenience—you don’t have to create your own method of documentation. It helps you connect with the academic community. It is expected that you will use one. How important is using the format?

9 Using MLA Format Why do I need to use a format? It creates consistency—between assignments, classes, and schools. It is a matter of convenience—you don’t have to create your own method of documentation. It helps you connect with the academic community. It is expected that you will use one. How important is using the format? It shows you take the assignment seriously.

10 Using MLA Format Why do I need to use a format? It creates consistency—between assignments, classes, and schools. It is a matter of convenience—you don’t have to create your own method of documentation. It helps you connect with the academic community. It is expected that you will use one. How important is using the format? It shows you take the assignment seriously. It shows you are capable of performing at this level.

11 Using MLA Format What is MLA format?

12 Using MLA Format What is MLA format? MLA = Modern Language Association

13 Using MLA Format What is MLA format? MLA = Modern Language Association MLA is a documentation format used in the humanities. (There are other formats used in the other disciplines, such as APA for the social sciences.)

14 Using MLA Format What is MLA format? MLA = Modern Language Association MLA is a documentation format used in the humanities. (There are other formats used in the other disciplines, such as APA for the social sciences.) MLA requires a particular look for each page.

15 Using MLA Format What is MLA format? MLA = Modern Language Association MLA is a documentation format used in the humanities. (There are other formats used in the other disciplines, such as APA for the social sciences.) MLA requires a particular look for each page. MLA also requires careful documentation of all sources used in writing a paper.

16 Using MLA Format Requirements for page format:

17 Using MLA Format Requirements for page format: All Pages

18 Using MLA Format Requirements for page format: All Pages typed

19 Using MLA Format Requirements for page format: All Pages typed double-spaced

20 Using MLA Format Requirements for page format: All Pages typed double-spaced easy-to-read font (Times New Roman / 12 pt.)

21 Using MLA Format Requirements for page format: All Pages typed double-spaced easy-to-read font (Times New Roman / 12 pt.) 1 inch margins

22 Using MLA Format Requirements for page format: All Pages typed double-spaced easy-to-read font (Times New Roman / 12 pt.) 1 inch margins student’s last name and page number (upper right)

23 Using MLA Format First Page

24 Using MLA Format First Page identification (upper left): student’s name instructor’s name (e.g. Mr. Foran) course title (e.g. English 362) date (e.g. 29 May 2011)

25 Using MLA Format First Page identification (upper left): student’s name instructor’s name (e.g. Mr. Foran) course title (e.g. English 362) date (e.g. 29 May 2011) paper’s title (centered)

26 Using MLA Format 14 January 2007

27 Using MLA Format Works Cited Page

28 Using MLA Format Works Cited Page Works Cited heading (centered)

29 Using MLA Format Works Cited Page Works Cited heading (centered) entries in alphabetical order

30 Using MLA Format Works Cited Page Works Cited heading (centered) entries in alphabetical order second and subsequent lines of each entry indented

31 Using MLA Format

32 Requirements for documentation of sources:

33 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Citations

34 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Citations Citations are a shorthand reference.

35 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Citations Citations are a shorthand reference. MLA requires parenthetical (or in-text) citations.

36 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Citations Citations are a shorthand reference. MLA requires parenthetical (or in-text) citations. MLA does not use footnotes or endnotes.

37 Using MLA Format For example: In exploring the origin and nature of human knowledge, Kant reminds us that “all our knowledge begins with experience” (Kant 242). parenthetical citation

38 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Citations Citations are a shorthand reference. MLA requires parenthetical (or in-text) citations. MLA does not use footnotes or endnotes. Citations should be placed at the end of the sentence (even if your quoted material ends in the middle of your sentence).

39 Using MLA Format For example: Randall Fitzgerald points out in The Hundred- Year Lie that “the synthetic revolution is a by-product of activities within three sectors of the U.S. economy,” the processed food, the pharmaceutical, and the chemical industries (Fitzgerald 6). placed at end of sentence

40 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Citations Citations are a shorthand reference. MLA requires parenthetical (or in-text) citations. MLA does not use footnotes or endnotes. Citations should be placed at the end of the sentence (even if your quoted material ends in the middle of your sentence). You should always include a period after the citation (unless it is a block quotation).

41 Using MLA Format For example: Jiddu Krishnamurti begins his 1981 essay on education by asking, “Now, what is the significance of life?” (Krishnamurti 11). He goes on to say that, if we are being educated merely to achieve distinction or secure a better job, “our lives will be shallow and empty” (14). period after citations

42 Using MLA Format Citations for Most Commonly Used Resources

43 Using MLA Format Citations for Most Commonly Used Resources Book by One Author: (Packer 37)

44 Using MLA Format Citations for Most Commonly Used Resources Book by One Author: (Packer 37) Book by One Author and Editor: (Packer 37)

45 Using MLA Format Citations for Most Commonly Used Resources Book by One Author: (Packer 37) Book by One Author and Editor: (Packer 37) Bible: (Gen. 1.1) or (Genesis 1.1)

46 Using MLA Format Citations for Most Commonly Used Resources Book by One Author: (Packer 37) Book by One Author and Editor: (Packer 37) Bible: (Gen. 1.1) or (Genesis 1.1) Internet/Infotrac: (Lewis) Paginated pdf: (Lewis 54)

47 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources:

48 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Works Cited Page

49 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Works Cited Page The works cited page is a register of all sources used in the paper.

50 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Works Cited Page The works cited page is a register of all sources used in the paper. Always include it as a separate page.

51 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Works Cited Page The works cited page is a register of all sources used in the paper. Always include it as a separate page. The page should be numbered.

52 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Works Cited Page The works cited page is a register of all sources used in the paper. Always include it as a separate page. The page should be numbered. Include a Works Cited heading (centered).

53 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Works Cited Page The works cited page is a register of all sources used in the paper. Always include it as a separate page. The page should be numbered. Include a Works Cited heading (centered). The page should be double-spaced.

54 Using MLA Format Requirements for documentation of sources: Works Cited Page The works cited page is a register of all sources used in the paper. Always include it as a separate page. The page should be numbered. Include a Works Cited heading (centered). The page should be double-spaced. The second and subsequent lines of each entry should be indented.

55 Using MLA Format For example: Kant, Immanuel. “Of the Difference Between Pure and Empirical Knowledge.” 18th Century Philosophy. Trans. Max Müller. Ed. Lewis Black. New York: The Free Press, Print. indent

56 Using MLA Format Works Cited Entries for Most Commonly Used Resources

57 Using MLA Format Works Cited Entries for Most Commonly Used Resources Book by One Author: Chomsky, Noam. Media Control. New York: Seven Stories Press, Print.

58 Using MLA Format Works Cited Entries for Most Commonly Used Resources Book by One Author: Chomsky, Noam. Media Control. New York: Seven Stories Press, Print. Book by One Author and Editor: Grass, Gunter. The Gunter Grass Reader. Ed. Helmut Frielinghaus. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., Print.

59 Using MLA Format Bible: Spirit of the Reformation Bible. Richard Pratt, gen. ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, Print.

60 Using MLA Format Bible: Spirit of the Reformation Bible. Richard Pratt, gen. ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, Print. Website: Dartmouth Toxic Metals Research Program. Dartmouth University N. pag. Web. 9 November 2008.

61 Using MLA Format Article Retrieved from Infotrac: Mendel, Alec. “Melville’s Acrostic.” Journal of American Literature 10.4 (1994): Infotrac. Web. 13 February 2008.


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