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2 Part 1: The Page Set-Up Begin by folding a sheet of paper vertically about an inch in from the left margin. Then, fold the paper horizontally about two inches from the bottom of the paper.

3 Part 2: The Heading All parts of heading (name, Ms. Goldin’s , class, date) must be clearly labeled in the top left margin. Across the center, label the topic of the notes. SAMPLE: Mary Smith Ms. Goldin English – Per. 2 9 August 2011 MLA Format Fold line

4 Part 3: What Goes Where? Questions or Main Ideas Notes: Main Topics
These are bulleted notes that you are taking on the Questions main topics that you have written on the left. Do not write down everything that I am saying. Instead, take notes that you can interpret for yourself. Notes should be selectively and accurately paraphrased. Key word/s should be highlighted and/or underlined.

5 Part 4: The Summary The fold at the bottom of your page is where you summarize your notes in 2-3 sentences. The summary should show learning by identifying all main ideas. Your summary should answer one of the following questions: What were the main ideas? What did you understand best or least? How does this relate to what you have already learned in class? (Making Connections)

PART 2: MLA FORMAT Take Cornell Notes on this presentation to be turned in.

7 Paper, Printing, Margins, & Spacing
8½ X 11 White Paper Standard Font and Size (Times New Roman size 12 OR Calibri size 11 is required for this course) Black Ink One Inch Margins all the way around Align to the left margin Double Space EVERYTHING, including headings, quoted material, and Works Cited page. Indent one tab. Indent 10 spaces for quotes that are 4 lines or longer. Only ONE SPACE is required after end marks in a sentence. Only ONE SPACE is required after a paragraph.

8 The Heading Top LEFT, Double Spaced Your Name Mrs. Monte
Course and Hour Date – in MLA Style MLA Style Date: Day Month Year (no punctuation) 10 August 2011 26 September 2011 4 February 2012

9 The Header Your Last Name (and then a space) The Page Number
In HEADER Box, not typed on page ½ inch from top margin DO NOT TYPE “1” ON THE FIRST PAGE! This will insert a 1 on all of the pages.

10 Title Center Title on first page
Same font/size/style as the rest of your essay No italics, underlining, quotation marks, bolding, or unusual or large fonts Double Spaced in line with the rest of the essay NO EXTRA SPACES!!!



13 QUESTION… Have you ever had a friend or sibling steal one of your ideas and present it as his/her own idea? How did you feel? If you've never experienced this, you can probably imagine feeling angry or betrayed. Most of us understand the ethics associated with stealing ideas from others, but may not associate "stealing" with the act of using another person's words without giving proper reference.

14 In-Text Citations Another part of MLA Formatting is correctly documenting your sources. Topics Covered: Why do we need to cite? When do we cite? What is a works cited? What is an in-text citation? What does an in-text citation look like?

15 Why do we need to cite? To avoid Plagiarism
To properly give credit to sources To make your writing credible

16 When do we cite? Quoting Paraphrasing Summarizing
Basically, anytime you use someone else’s original ideas.

17 What is a Works Cited? Simply, it is a list of WORKS that have been CITED within your essay How is it different from a Bibliography? What is an Annotated Bibliography?

18 Sample Works Cited Page
Works Cited (for a Web Source) Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access. The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, Web. 23 Apr "How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow, n.d. Web. 24 Feb For a Book Source Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

19 What is an In-Text Citation?
AKA Parenthetical Documentation, Internal Citation, Citation This is a simple, concise, and thorough way for writers to acknowledge their sources. It refers to the Works Cited page by including just a little bit of information It is set in parenthesis and is placed at the end of a sentence

20 What does an In-Text Citation look like?
SAMPLE: "MLA style is widely used to document sources in writing that deals with literature, languages, and other fields in the humanities" (Lunsford 367). The in-text citation is the author’s last name and the page number in this sample. Here is the corresponding Works Cited entry: Lunsford, Andrea. The College Writer's Reference. Boston: Bedford St.Martin's, 2005.

21 MLA Changes Note that underlining is no longer acceptable on typed works. Use italics instead. When you are handwriting, you may underline as it signifies the same thing. Long URLs do not need to be included anymore. If the source is easy to get to based on your citation information, omit the URL.

22 The End… Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Note: This PowerPoint will be available on my teacher page for review. Note: The OWL at Purdue is the most accurate and up-to- date online resource for helping you with MLA documentation. Use it often!


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