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1 + Using MLA Style 7 th Edition writingcenter.txstate.edu

2 + Why MLA? There are two main reasons we use MLA citation: To have a uniformed convention for documenting research To avoid plagiarism MLA is also a complete formatting and style guide.

3 + MLA Formatting Basics No separate cover page 1” margins Double space everything One space after periods 12 pt. Times New Roman Indent 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 marks articles, chapters, essays, poems, songs, etc.

5 + Header on first page only (Page scanned from The Bedford Handbook, 8 th ed.)

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9 + Select “First line” indent Indenting paragraphs

10 + Avoiding space after paragraphs Change default to 0 pt.

11 + (Page scanned from The Bedford Handbook, 8 th ed.) Block quote when quotations run over four lines

12 + Indent 1” Indenting block quotes

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).

15 + Practice

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21 + Works Cited: Making the List Identify the source Find a sample of citing this type of source “Mirror” the sample

22 + (Page scanned from The Bedford Handbook, 8 th ed.)

23 + Select “Hanging indent” Indenting Works Cited

24 + Basics of Works Cited Book Johnson, Roberta. Gender and Nation in the Spanish Modernist Novel. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, Print. Work in an Anthology Bordo, 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 database Williams, Linda. “Of Kisses and Ellipses: The Long Adolescence of American Movies.” Critical Inquiry 32.2 (2006): Project Muse. Web. 8 Feb In print Williams, Linda. “Of Kisses and Ellipses: The Long Adolescence of American Movies.” Critical Inquiry 32.2 (2006): Print. Online journal Williams, Linda. “Of Kisses and Ellipses: The Long Adolescence of American Movies.” Critical Inquiry 32.2 (2006): Web. 8 Feb

26 + Practice: True/False Adapted from: The 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.

27 + Online Resources Citation generators??? The Bedford Handbook Writing Center website Owl Purdue: owl.english.purdue.edu Texas State library databases MLA style guide

28 + Group Activity Exercise 53-3, MLA documentation: in-text citations (Hacker/Sommers, Working with Sources: Exercises for The Bedford Handbook, 8th ed. [Boston: Bedford, 2010])


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