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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. <http://omni.cc.purdue.edu%7Efellug Begin each entry flush with the a/theory2.html>. 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 spaces). 30 (1979): 364-369. Internal Citations You must cite all information that is not considered common knowledge. – 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 cited. 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: – ONLINE SOURCE, AUTHOR: Use the author's last name, no page number: (Gordon). – 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: 1891-1971”). 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 placed AFTER THE PARENTHESES. “The cause of the war was economic instability” (Smith 56). – Likewise, a question mark, or other closing punctuation mark, belongs after the parenthesis.
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