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1 A Guide to Writing in MLA Format Preparing you for a life that will be full of following directions.

2 What is MLA? kMLA stands for Modern Language Association kThis is a series of rules that govern how college-style essays should be formatted kMLA stands for Modern Language Association kThis is a series of rules that govern how college-style essays should be formatted

3 Chicago Style and Turabien kThese styles use many MLA components, but have some differences kThey are typically used in history or humanities courses kThese styles use many MLA components, but have some differences kThey are typically used in history or humanities courses

4 Style Manuals kMLA, Chicago, and Turabien style manuals are all available in book format kThe style guides are updated frequently kWatch for new editions throughout your education kMLA, Chicago, and Turabien style manuals are all available in book format kThe style guides are updated frequently kWatch for new editions throughout your education

5 Style Manuals Continued… kMost styles are available online kFor MLA, check the following: kMost styles are available online kFor MLA, check the following:

6 Paper Basics kTHESIS statement kSupporting Paragraphs kConclusion kCite ALL sources kTHESIS statement kSupporting Paragraphs kConclusion kCite ALL sources

7 Thesis Statement kWhat is a thesis statement? iA sentence that tells what your essay will be about kWhat is a thesis statement? iA sentence that tells what your essay will be about

8 Thesis Statement kWhere is the thesis statement located in an essay? iTypically, a thesis statement should be the LAST sentence in your introductory paragraph kWhere is the thesis statement located in an essay? iTypically, a thesis statement should be the LAST sentence in your introductory paragraph

9 Thesis Statement kWhat should be in a thesis statement? iThe TOPIC you are writing about iThe OPINION your paper will address iThe PROOF you will use to prove your opinion kWhat should be in a thesis statement? iThe TOPIC you are writing about iThe OPINION your paper will address iThe PROOF you will use to prove your opinion

10 Thesis How Tos kThink about your thesis as what you would like to tell your reader kFor example: iI would like to tell you that the Toyota is a good company for Americans because it represents the concerns of well-informed citizens. kThink about your thesis as what you would like to tell your reader kFor example: iI would like to tell you that the Toyota is a good company for Americans because it represents the concerns of well-informed citizens.

11 Thesis How Tos Continued… kNow that you’ve written your idea down, remove the portion that contains the personal pronoun.

12 I would like to tell you that Toyota is a good company for Americans because it represents the concerns of well-informed citizens. Toyota is a good company for Americans because it represents the concerns of well-informed citizens.

13 The next level… How is Toyota good for Americans and represent well-informed citizens? 1. Vehicles like the Prius address fuel efficiency and carbon emissions 2. Vehicles like the Camry, Matrix and Tundra are made in the United States How is Toyota good for Americans and represent well-informed citizens? 1. Vehicles like the Prius address fuel efficiency and carbon emissions 2. Vehicles like the Camry, Matrix and Tundra are made in the United States

14 Now you’re ready… Toyota is a good company for Americans because it represents the concerns of well-informed citizens. Vehicles like the Prius address fuel efficiency and carbon emissions Vehicles like the Camry, Matrix and Tundra are made in the United States Toyota is a good company for Americans because it represents the concerns of well-informed citizens by producing certain vehicles in the United States and creating cars that achieve excellent fuel efficiency.

15 Why is this thesis successful? kIt contains a TOPIC iToyota (the company) kIt contains an OPINION i“…is good for Americans…” i“…it represents concerns of well-informed citizens..” kIt contains PROOF iFuel efficiency iVehicles made in the United States kIt contains a TOPIC iToyota (the company) kIt contains an OPINION i“…is good for Americans…” i“…it represents concerns of well-informed citizens..” kIt contains PROOF iFuel efficiency iVehicles made in the United States

16 It’s your turn… kCreate a rough thesis for your paper kInclude the following: iTOPIC iOPINION iPROOF kCreate a rough thesis for your paper kInclude the following: iTOPIC iOPINION iPROOF

17 Paragraphs kParagraphs are miniature essays kThey should also contain: iTOPIC iOPINION iPROOF kParagraphs are miniature essays kThey should also contain: iTOPIC iOPINION iPROOF

18 Paragraphs Continued… kEach paragraph should relate back to your thesis kExample: i1st paragraph: Tell why fuel efficient vehicles represent informed American citizens kEach paragraph should relate back to your thesis kExample: i1st paragraph: Tell why fuel efficient vehicles represent informed American citizens

19 MLA Citations kAlways cite your sources kFailure to do so will result in a ZERO for plagiarism kAlways cite your sources kFailure to do so will result in a ZERO for plagiarism

20 In-text, parenthetical If using a QUOTATION: Author’s last name and page number(s) of quote must appear in the text Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263). If using a QUOTATION: Author’s last name and page number(s) of quote must appear in the text Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263).

21 In-text, parenthetical kNo Author? iUse the title of the article/page kNo page number? iNo problem! kNo Author? iUse the title of the article/page kNo page number? iNo problem!

22 In-text, parenthetical kKeep the word(s) in your parenthesis limited kExample: iWeb page name: Toyota Cars and Trucks Official Information Site iParenthetical citation: (Toyota) kKeep the word(s) in your parenthesis limited kExample: iWeb page name: Toyota Cars and Trucks Official Information Site iParenthetical citation: (Toyota)

23 Works Cited Page kFollow the format below:


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