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Bergen Community College © 2005 1 Creating a Works Cited Page Using Sources
Bergen Community College © 2005 2 Table of Contents MLA Format3-43-4 General Rules for Works Cited Pages5-65-6 General Rules for Works Cited Entries77 General Rules for Web Sources88 Works Cited Entry: Book99 Works Cited Entry: Periodical1010 Works Cited Entry: Web Site1111 Additional Research Sources/Information12-1412-14 Next Step: Using Quotations1515
Bergen Community College © 2005 3 My instructor says I need to use MLA format when creating a Works Cited page. What is that?
Bergen Community College © 2005 4 MLA Format MLA stands for Modern Language Association. MLA format, developed by the Modern Language Association, provides the style most instructors in the humanities require for papers. There are other formats that can be used, such as APA (American Psychological Association) or the Chicago Manual of Style. Each format has its own set of rules.
Bergen Community College © 2005 5 General Rules for Works Cited Pages in MLA Format Double space everything on a Works Cited page. Center the title Works Cited (no bold, italics, or underlining) and place it at the top of the page. Use a “hanging indent” after the first line of each entry.
Bergen Community College © 2005 6 OK: so what does it look like? “Hanging” Indent Centered Title Everything is double-spaced, and there are no line spaces between entries.
Bergen Community College © 2005 7 General Rules for Works Cited Entries The author is usually first in a Works Cited entry, followed by the source’s title(s) and publication information. Place the titles of smaller works (articles, short stories, book chapters, poems, songs) in quotation marks. Italicize the titles of larger works (books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and films). Capitalize the first letter of each word in titles (except articles, short prepositions, or conjunctions).
Bergen Community College © 2005 8 More Rules for a Works Cited Page Include publication medium (Print or Web) in each citation. All Web sources need two dates: the date that the Web page was last updated and the date the information was accessed from the Internet.
Bergen Community College © 2005 9 Works Cited Entry for a Book The ideal context for identity formation is “a supportive and respectful family” (Levine 169). Works Cited Levine, Madeleine, Ph.D. See No Evil: A Guide to Protecting Our Children from Media Violence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998. Print. In-text Citation Works Cited Entry Wow! Look at the connection!
Bergen Community College © 2005 10 Works Cited Entry for a Periodical A graphic example is the series of school shootings that have occurred in recent years—the most recent occurred on March 21, 2005, at Red Lake High School on an Indian reservation in Minnesota, where a seventeen-year-old male, who had just killed his grandparents, shot and killed five students, a teacher and a security guard, wounded many others and then turned the gun on himself (Wilgoren A-1). Works Cited Wilgoren, Jodi. “Shooting Rampage by Student Leaves 10 Dead on Reservation.” New York Times 22 Mar. 2005, sec. 1: A-1+. Print. In-text Citation Works Cited Entry
Bergen Community College © 2005 11 Works Cited Entry for a Web Site Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Johnson spent seventeen years recording the viewing habits of children in 707 families in Upstate New York and found that the ones “who watched one to three hours of television each day... were 60% more likely to be involved in assaults and fights as those who watched less TV” (“Research”). Works Cited “Research on the Effects of Media Violence.” Media Awareness Network. 2005. Web. 12 Mar. 2005 In-text Citation Works Cited Entry
Bergen Community College © 2005 12 Hmm… what if I am using something else as a research source?
Bergen Community College © 2005 13 Additional Research Sources Lecture or Speech Chapter in a Book CD-ROM Email Interview Television or Film Advertisement
Bergen Community College © 2005 14 For More Information Visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab for more information about formatting various Works Cited entries in MLA format. (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/print/ research/r_mla.html)Purdue Online Writing Lab
Quick Check 1. What does MLA stand for? 2. What is used after the first line of every entry? 3. Which words are NOT capitalized in titles? 4. What two dates are needed for Web sources? 5. Where should you go if you have MLA questions? Bergen Community College © 2005 15
Quick Check Answers 1. Modern Language Association 2. A hanging indent 3. Articles, short prepositions, and conjunctions 4. The date the source was updated and the date the information was accessed 5. Purdue On-line Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/ print/ research/r_mla.html) Bergen Community College © 2005 16
Today… Find and print a credible source for your group’s research project if you haven’t already done so. Meet with your group to decide what articles and sidebar/”pullout information” you plan to include in your brochure/newsletter. Assign one article/sidebar for each group member. Highlight information you plan to use in your article. As a group, create a graphic organizer for your newsletter. Bergen Community College © 2005 17
Bergen Community College © 2005 18 Now I need to learn how to use the information from my sources in my paper. How can I use quotations and avoid plagiarism?
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