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									MLA Format
  Ms. Hernandez
American Government
                      Paper Format
 Typed (12 pt font, Times New
  Roman), double-spaced on
  standard-sized paper with
  margins of one inch on all sides.
 Heading: double-spaced entry
  in the top left corner of the first
  page that lists your name, your
  instructor's name, the course,
  and the date.
 Then center your title on the
  line below the header with your
  name, and begin your essay
  immediately below the title.
 Needs a header that numbers
  all pages consecutively in the
  upper right-hand corner, one-
  half inch from the top and flush
  with the right margin.
                           Works Cited Page
                      Works Cited                       Separate page from the text of
                                                         the essay.
Ely, Margot, Ruth Vinz, Maryann Downing, and
                                                        Heading: Works Cited (with no
             Margaret Anzul. On Writing
                                                         quotation marks, underlining,
             Qualitative Research: Living by             etc.), centered at the top of
             Words. London: Falmer Press, 1997.
                                                         the page.
                                                        Double space all entries, with
Felluga, Dino. Undergraduate Guide to Literary           no skipped spaces between
             Theory. 17 Dec. 1999. Purdue                entries.
             University. 15 Nov. 2000                   Entries should be alphabetized
                                                         by author’s last name.
                                                        Begin each entry flush with the
                                                         left margin; if an entry runs
Maimon, Elaine P. “Talking to Strangers.”
                                                         more than one line, indent the
                                                         additional lines one tab (5
             College Composition and Communication
             30 (1979): 364-369.
                   Internal Citations
   You must cite all information that is not considered common
    – Example: Although it is common knowledge that Betsy Ross made the
      first flag, it is not common knowledge who designed our current flag.
   Remember, ideas, not simply quotations, must be
   There are several kinds of sourced information for you to
    document. You may:
    – document direct quotations.
         “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . .” (Dickens 1).
    – document paraphrased ideas.
         Carson Daly thinks that Pearl Jam is a good band (TRL).
    – document important words.
         Ted Swanson called Pearl Jam “losers” (34).
            Internal Citations
   Online Sources:
      author's last name, no page number:
    – ONLINE SOURCE, NO AUTHOR: If there is
      no author, the title or a shortened version of
      the title should be used in quotation marks or
      underlined as appropriate: (“David Sarnoff:
             Internal Citations
   At the end of every sentence (or
    sentences) that contains information from
    a source, you must put in the reference. The
    format is a set of parenthesis, which include the
    author and the page number.
    – Ancient writers attributed the invention of the
      monochord to Pythagoras, who lived in the sixth
      century BC (Marcuse 197).
   If you refer to the author in the text of your
    paper, then only the page number must follow
    in the parenthesis.
    – Sibyl Marcuse believes ancient writers attributed the
      invention of the monochord to Pythagoras, who lived
      in the sixth century BC (197).
             Internal Citations
   Where do the period and final
    punctuation marks go?
    – When writing the text of your paper, the
      period of a sentence that has a citation is
        “The cause of the war was economic instability”
         (Smith 56).
    – Likewise, a question mark, or other closing
      punctuation mark, belongs after the

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