2 There are 5 parts of the MLA research paper Title pageOutline (double spaced)Research paper (double spaced)Works cited (double spaced)NotecardsWe will look at each of these elements in detail.
3 Title Page An MLA title page includes… Title of paper (all caps) Your nameDue date of paperClass name (English 8)
4 How to create a title page Type your paper title in all caps in the center of the page.Skip 4-6 more lines and type your name.Skip 2 lines more lines and type the due date.Skip 2 more lines and type the class name.
6 OutlineAn MLA outline isn’t really different than other formal outlines you may have done.Use Roman NumeralsDouble spaceType your thesis at the top
7 How to create an outline Type the thesis (double spaced) at the topSkip a couple lines and start your outline with Roman Numeral I.Below that “I” use an A, B, and C to list your supporting details.Continue in this format until you have 3 main topics and supporting details for each.Note: You do not outline introductions and conclusionsNote: Outline must match the order of your thesis
9 The research paper Double spaced Length determined by the teacher Written in paragraph formAt least 5 paragraphs (intro, 3 body, conclusion)No contractions or slangDo not use headers/footersUses parenthetical documentation (PD)Page numbers can be added if your teacher asks for itDo not type your name on the first page….that’s what the title page was for
10 Things to remember about the research paper The organization of your paper needs to match the outline EXACTLY.For example, if the main points in your outline are family, education, and career, then your first body paragraph in the paper should be about family. The second about education. The third about career.
11 Parenthetical Documentation What does “parenthetical” mean?
12 Parenthetical Documentation What does “parenthetical” mean?Inside of parentheses (like this)
13 Parenthetical Documentation What does “parenthetical” mean?Inside of parentheses (like this)What does “documentation” mean?
14 Parenthetical Documentation What does “parenthetical” mean?Inside of parentheses (like this)What does “documentation” mean?Written down, documented
15 How do you write a PD?Author’s last name and page number(Huguley 46)Notice I did not use “pg” or “page” before I listed the number. Don’t do that.Very important!! Whatever name you list in the PD must match your works cited. More on this later.
17 Let’s take a closer look at the PD in that paper…
18 Works CitedYou might know the term “bibliography” better, but it’s the same as a works cited.A WC page lists (in a very detailed manner) each of the sources you used in research.
19 How to cite a book Citing a Book 1. author’s last name, first name—period2. title of book (underlined or italicized)—period3. city of publication—colon4. publishing company—comma5. year of publication (use the year that is closest to 2010)—periodExample of book citation:Smith, Jane. For the Love of Puppies. Philadelphia: Harper Collins, 1999.Notice the indention of the second line!
20 How to cite an AVL article author’s name—periodName of article in quotations—periodName of magazine/periodical the article came from (underline this)—no punctuation afterDate the article was publishedAVL (or you can name the database specifically, like KidsSearch)—periodDate you accessed the article--periodExample of AVL citation…Cannon, Angie. "Just Saying No to Tests." U.S. News & World Report 18 Oct. 1999: 3. Alabama Virtual Library. 28 FebAgain, notice the indention!
21 How to cite a website author’s name—period Article title in quotes—periodWebsite’s title (in the blue bar)Article date--periodDate you accessed the website--periodURL of the website—period (just use the basic website, not the whole crazy URL) Example...Schuster, Alan. "Spa and Hot Tub Chemical Questions." Ask Alan. Aqua-Clear Industries. 18 Aug Oct. 2008.Notice the indented lines!
22 What do I do when all my resources have been cited? Alphabetize them according to the first word of the citationDouble space everythingMake sure every line under the first one is indentedType Works Cited at the top of the page in the center.
26 So, what goes on the Note Card?? As you find interesting facts about your topic, you will write them down.Each idea should be paraphrased/summarized (in your own words) or quoted and written on a card.
27 How do you record information on the notecard? Paraphrase/Summarize—shorter, in your own words; rewrite what the author saidQuote—stating exactly what the author said; must use quotation marksDON’T PLAGIARIZE!!!! ALWAYS GIVE THE CREDIT TO THE REAL AUTHOR!
28 PLAGIARISMIt's like lip-synching to someone else's voice and accepting the applause and rewards for yourself.IF YOU PLAGIARIZE, YOU WILL FAIL!!! …any time you take a writer’s words and use them as your own, you are plagiarizing
29 1. Card Topic Topic is the kind of information on the card. Think of it as the title, or main idea of the card. After writing down the information, figure out how you could briefly categorize, or title it.
30 2. Source TitleThe source title is the name of the book, magazine, website, etc., in which you found the information.
31 4. page numbersIt is important to be accurate with the page numbers on your note cards, as you will need them for citations throughout your research paper.
33 Citing my source!!Information for this presentation came from the following source“Researching and Organizing Your Paper: The Note Card System.” English Works! at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Published: 1997-present. Retrieved 7 March, <http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/writing/notecard.html>
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