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1 MLA 2009 This was the last time it was updated. Formatting and Style Guide

2 What does MLA regulate? MLA regulates:  Document Format  In-text citations  Works Cited (a list of all sources used in the paper)

3 Format: General Guidelines  Type on white 8.5” x 11” paper  Double-space everything (including the heading)  Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font (or similar font)  Leave only one space after punctuation  Set all margins to 1 inch on all sides  Indent the first line of paragraphs—use Tab

4 Format: General Guidelines (continued)  Header with your last name and page numbers in the upper right corner  Use italics for titles of major texts

5 Formatting the 1st Page  No title page  Double space everything  In the upper left corner of the 1st page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and date  Center the paper title (use standard caps but no underlining, italics, quote, or bold)  Create a header in the upper right corner at half inch from the top and one inch from the right of the page (include your last name and page number)

6 Sample 1st Page

7 In-Text Citations: the Basics  MLA uses parenthetical citations directly after the quoted or paraphrased text  Parenthetical citations depend on the medium (e.g. Print, Web, DVD)  Parenthetical citations also depend on the source’s entry on the Works Cited page  Signal word in the citation is the first thing in the corresponding entry on the Works Cited page

8 Author-Page Style In-text Example: *Denotes stitching and weaving Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263). Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263). THIS IS A PARAPHRASE (in your own words but not your idea). Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford U.P., Print.

9 Print Source with Author In-text Example: Human beings have been described by Kenneth Burke as "symbol-using animals" (3). Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals" (Burke 3). Remember, if you use the author’s name in the text, you don’t have to put it in the parentheses. Also, NO comma in the parentheses!

10 Print Source with Author Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method. Berkeley: U of California P, Print.

11 Formatting Short Quotations In-text Examples: According to some, dreams express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes 184) though others disagree. According to Foulkes's study, dreams may express "profound aspects of personality" (184). Is it possible that dreams may express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes 184)? Cullen concludes, "Of all the things that happened there / That's all I remember" (11-12).

12 Formatting Long Quotations In-text Example: Nelly Dean treats Heathcliff poorly and dehumanizes him throughout her narration: They entirely refused to have it in bed with them, or even in their room, and I had no more sense, so, I put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it would be gone on the morrow. By chance, or else attracted by hearing his voice, it crept to Mr. Earnshaw's door, and there he found it on quitting his chamber. Inquiries were made as to how it got there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house. (Bronte 78) The differences with a long quote: Lead with a colon, indent the entire quote (over four typed lines), no quotation marks, punctuate the end of the sentence, not after the parentheses.

13 Adding/Omitting Words In-text Example for Adding Words: Jan Harold Brunvand, in an essay on urban legends, states: "some individuals [who retell urban legends] make a point of learning every rumor or tale" (78). In-text example for Omitting Words: In an essay on urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand notes that "some individuals make a point of learning every recent rumor or tale... and in a short time a lively exchange of details occurs" (78).

14 Works Cited Page: The Basics Sample Works Cited page:

15 Works Cited Page: Books Basic Format: Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Examples: Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, Print. Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, Print. Palmer, William J. Dickens and New Historicism. New York: St. Martin's, Print. The Films of the Eighties: A Social History. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, Print. If I was citing the last source within my text, I would use the title. For example, (Films 19). You don’t have to use the entire title if it’s long.

16 Annotated Bibliography Sample

17 What goes in the annotation? Summary: What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your sources will determine how detailed your summary is. Assessment: After summarizing a source, it is helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source? Reflection: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?

18 Why are we doing this? Writing an annotated bibliography is excellent preparation for a research project. Just collecting sources for a bibliography is useful, but when you have to write annotations for each source, you're forced to read each source more carefully. You begin to read more critically instead of just collecting information. To help you formulate a thesis: Every good research paper is an argument. The purpose of research is to state and support a thesis, so a very important part of research is developing a thesis that is debatable, interesting, and current. Writing an annotated bibliography can help you gain a good perspective on what is being said about your topic. By reading and responding to a variety of sources on a topic, you'll start to see what the issues are, what people are arguing about, and you'll then be able to develop your own point of view.

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