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Formal Papers and MLA Format
Formal Paper Guidelines Focus –Every paragraph should try to prove thesis –Every sentence in a paragraph should be related to the topic sentence
Formal Paper Guidelines Flow –Use transitions then, first, also, as a result, generally, for example, likewise, except, in essence, in conclusion –Put ideas / sentences/ paragraphs in logical order
Formal Paper Guidelines Formality –Do not use informal language First person pronouns : I, me, myself, my, mine, we, us, ourselves, our, ours Second person pronouns: you, yourself, your, yours Contractions: it’s, can’t, don’t, etc. Informal word choice : kind of, a lot, anyways, ain’t –Do not use slang / internet language cool, lol,, wut, r u ok?, etc.
Formal Paper Guidelines Formality –Write out abbreviations, numbers, and symbols TV = television, phone= telephone, 2= two, 50= fifty, &= and
Formal Paper Guidelines Agreement –Avoid shifting tenses Example: We went to the store. We buy candy. –Subject -Verb dog chases/ dogs chase, he is/ they are
Formal Paper Guidelines General Rules –Avoid vagueness Pronouns must be clear –Vary Word Choice Synonyms –Possession or Plural ? Geckos are interesting. / The gecko’s habitat is in the wild. –There or Their? There are geckos everywhere. / Their habitats are everywhere.
MLA Format Margins –1 Inch Every Side
MLA Example 1 inch
MLA Format Font –Twelve Point Times New Roman This is an example of 12 point Time New Roman. –Black Text
MLA Example Times New Roman 12 Point
MLA Format Header –Right Side –Last Name and Page Number Kivette 1 –On Every Page
MLA Example On Right Side Last Name + Page Number
MLA Format Double Spaced –Everything Paragraphs, Header, Works Cited Page, etc.
MLA Example Doubled Spaced
MLA Format Title of Paper –Centered
MLA Example Centered
MLA Format Title Page Format –Left Side Your Name Teacher’s Name Class Title Date Example Harry Potter Snape Potions 1 February 2010
MLA Example On Left Side
MLA Format Works Cited Page –Alphabetical Order –Hanging Indent A Name Citation –More A Name Citation B Name Citation –More B Name Citation –Double Spaced
Works Cited Example Alphabetical Order Doubled Spaced Hanging Indent