2 What is MLA? MLA stands for Modern Language Association. Most common style for writing papers within the liberal arts & humanities (i.e., English) with respect to:Formatting & page layoutStylistic technicalities (quotations, abbreviations)Citing secondary sourcesCreating the Works Cited page
3 MLA—Why do we need it?MLA makes it easy for your reader to navigate your paper/essay because a universal format is used. MLA standards allows YOU to:Give readers structure so they can follow your ideas and topics.Keep your reader’s attention by not distracting them with unfamiliar formatting.Maintain “neatness in your paper.”Organize secondary sources & prevent plagiarism.Present sources for follow-up.
4 Miss Havisham Introduces the Sections General Rules & Formatting PaperIn-text CitationsWorks Cited PageFrom Great Expectations.
5 Basic Guidelines Font: Times New Roman Font Size: 12 point (always) Margins: 1” on all four sidesTitle: center of paperSpacing: Double space throughoutPage number: upper right hand corner last name followed by page numberTitle of books: italicized alwaysParagraph: press TAB button to indent first line of each paragraph by .5”Title pages are forbidden.
6 Page Numbers Click on the Insert Tab in the tool bar. Find the Header Icon.Choose the 1st choice…blank.Type in your last name.
7 Page Numbers Go back to the Home tab. Right align your name. Go to Header and Footer Design tab.Click on Page Number icon.Choose current position and then plain number.
8 Formatting/Setting up first page On the upper left hand corner of the page type:Student’s nameTeacher’s nameCourse nameDate*Double space.*From this order, do not stray because…
9 YOU WILL NEVER GET AN “A” WITHOUT USING MLA!!! Charles Dickens
10 Title of DocumentAfter setting up the first four lines on the upper left hand side of your paper, press enter and press the center align button.Type the title of your paper.No boldNo underlineNo quotation marksNo italicsNo larger fontsPress enter and tab once to begin typing first paragraph.
11 Your first page 1” Name, Teacher, Class & Date Page # & last name titleIndent 1st line1”1”1”Last sentence is thesis.
12 In-text citationsUsing Microsoft Word, click on the Reference Tab in the tool bar.Find the Style Option.Choose most current edition of MLA.
13 Insert CitationsUsing Microsoft Word, click on the Reference tab in the tool bar.Choose Insert Citation.Choose Add New Source.
14 Add New Source Choose the appropriate type of source. Fill in as much information as possible.
15 Works Cited PageGo to the Insert Tab.Choose Page Break.
16 Works Cited Center Title. Works Cited Go back to the Reference Tab. Choose Bibliography.Insert Bibliography (last choice in drop down).
17 BEWARE: MLA FORMAT is a REQUIRMENT in ALL English Classes. Scrooge from A Christmas Carol