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1 Using MLA Style 7th Edition writingcenter.txstate.edu
2 Why MLA? There are two main reasons we use MLA citation: To have a uniformed convention for documenting researchTo avoid plagiarismMLA is also a complete formatting and style guide.
3 MLA Formatting Basics No separate cover page 1” margins Double space everythingOne space after periods12 pt. Times New RomanIndent paragraphs .5”Indent block quotes 1” from left margin
4 MLA Formatting Basics Names of large works are italicized books, periodicals, album titles, etc.Names of works within larger works are placed in quotation marksarticles, chapters, essays, poems, songs, etc.
5 (Page scanned from The Bedford Handbook, 8th ed.) Header on first page onlyStart page numbering hereTitle is not boldDo not put an extra space between paragraphs(Page scanned from The Bedford Handbook, 8th ed.)
10 Avoiding space after paragraphs Change default to 0 pt.
11 (Page scanned from The Bedford Handbook, 8th ed.) Continue page numbering from first pageBlock quotes: Indent 1”, no quotation marks, and period comes before citationBlock quote when quotations run over four lines(Page scanned from The Bedford Handbook, 8th ed.)
13 Citing Sources in the Text Author’s name in text:Robertson states that “fish sleep with their eyes open” (136).Author’s name in reference:It is true that “fish sleep with their eyes open” (Robertson 136).
14 Citing Sources in the Text Paraphrasing:In his aquatic research, John Robertson explains that sleeping fish do not close their eyes (136).Sleeping fish do not close their eyes (Robertson 136).
24 Basics of Works CitedBookJohnson, Roberta. Gender and Nation in the Spanish Modernist Novel. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, Print.Work in an AnthologyBordo, Susan. “The Moral Content of Nabokov’s Lolita.” Aesthetic Subjects. Ed. Pamela R. Matthews and David McWhirter. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, Print.
25 Basics of Works Cited Journal Web databaseWilliams, Linda. “Of Kisses and Ellipses: The Long Adolescence of American Movies.” Critical Inquiry 32.2 (2006): Project Muse. Web. 8 FebIn printWilliams, Linda. “Of Kisses and Ellipses: The Long Adolescence of American Movies.” Critical Inquiry 32.2 (2006): Print.Online journalWilliams, Linda. “Of Kisses and Ellipses: The Long Adolescence of American Movies.” Critical Inquiry 32.2 (2006): Web. 8 Feb
26 Practice: True/FalseThe works cited list is organized alphabetically by authors’ last names (or by title for a work with no author).When a work’s author is unknown, the work is listed under “Anonymous” in the list of works cited.The list of works cited is titled “Bibliography.”An entry for a web source in the list of works cited includes the date the source was accessed.In-text citations and a works cited list is only required if a professor requests it.Adapted from:
27 Online Resources Citation generators??? The Bedford Handbook Writing Center websiteOwl Purdue: owl.english.purdue.eduTexas State library databasesMLA style guide
28 Group Activity Exercise 53-3, MLA documentation: in-text citations (Hacker/Sommers, Working with Sources: Exercises for TheBedford Handbook, 8th ed. [Boston: Bedford, 2010])