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1 An Introduction to MLA Citation & Format Clovis Community College Center
2 Table of Contents What is MLA? Why Use Documentation? Comparing Other StylesThe Basic FormatCover PageWork CitedIn-text Citations for Print and Electronic SourcesWork CitedBooksMagazinesWebsitesDatabases
3 What is MLA? MLA is the Modern Language Association’s standardized method for citing sources forresearch as well as a method forformatting papers.MLA format is typically used for Englishand Humanities.
4 Why Use Documentation? It helps a writer support a thesis. It helps integrate quotations and other source material.It provides your reader with research information on your topic.And most importantly, it helps avoid plagiarism.
5 Comparing Other Styles APA – American Psychological Association standard for documenting sources and formatting papers.This style is typically used for Social Sciences.Chicago Style – This is yet another method of documentation which is typically used for Humanities and Social Sciences.Don’t confuse these with MLA; see the guidelines specific to this style.
7 In-text Citations for Print and Electronic Sources After the borrowed phrase, put the author’s last name in parentheses along with the page number.E.g. Estimates of the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers vary because little evidence is being collected (Smith 2).On electronic sources with no page number, simply put the last name.
9 Work Cited Format for a Book For most books, arrange the information into three units, each followed by a period and one space.Start with the author’s name, last name first.The title and subtitle, italicized.The place of publication, the publisher, and the dateThe medium of publication (print or web)E.g. Tan, Amy. The Bonesetter’s Daughter. New York: Putnam, Print.
10 Work Cited Format for a Magazine List in order, separated by periods.The author’s nameThe title of the article, in quotation marksThe title of the magazine, italicizedThe date and the page numbers, separated by a colonThe medium of publication (print or web)E.g. Kaplan, Robert D. “History Moving North.” Atlantic Monthly. Feb.1997: 21+. Web.
11 Work Cited Format for Websites For websites include these elements:Author’s nameTitle of the work in quotation marksTitle of the site, italicizedDate of publication or last updateSponsor of the site (if not named as the author or given as the title of the site)Date that you accessed the sourceThe URL in angle brackets (optional)The medium of publicationE.g. Shiva, Vandana. “Bioethics: A third world issue.” Native Web Sept <http://www.nativeweb.org/pages/legal/shiva. html>. Web.
12 Work Cited Format for an Online Database For databases include these elements:Publication information for the sourceThe name of the database, italicizedThe name of the serviceThe name and location of the library where you retrieved the articleThe date you accessed the sourceThe URL of the service (optional)The medium of publication
13 Common Misconceptions About MLA MLA does not require a cover sheet as some may think; cover sheets are used only for APA and Chicago.All sources listed on the works cited page must be in alphabetical order.All paraphrases & quotations must be cited even if you’ve cited the source earlier in the essay.Double space everything, but do not include an extra space between paragraphs.
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