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									MLA Formatting


                 Ms. Scales
MLA Format

   MLA or Modern Language Association
       Is a style and format guide for students and
        professional to use to cite information and format
        papers or journals.
Formatting Your Paper

   Use 8½ X 11 inch paper
   12 point, New Times Roman, or similar font
   1 inch margins
   Header at ½” margins
   Header included with your last name and
    page number
   Number pages, starting on the first page
   Double-space your text
MLA: Formatting Your Paper
Formatting Your Paper

   A title page is not necessary

Your name
Instructor
Course number
Date
                    Title of paper
Formatting Your Paper

   Indent the first line of each paragraph by five
    spaces (tab button)
   Place tables and illustrations as close as
    possible to their related text
   After the body of your paper comes the
    Works Cited page
The Works Cited List

   Reference sources used in your paper must
    be listed
   In MLA format, this page is labeled “Works
    Cited”
   List sources alphabetically by author’s last
    name (or title, if author not known)
The Works Cited List

   The purpose of a reference list is to:
       Identify and credit the sources you used
       Enable the reader to locate your sources
The Works Cited List

 Article in a journal
Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of
  Journal volume (year): pp-pp.

Sacks, Samuel. “Fraud Risk: Are You
 Prepared?” Journal of Accountancy 198.3
 (2004): 57-63.
The Works Cited List

 Article in a Magazine
Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of
  Magazine day month year: pp-pp.

Weintraub, Arlene, and Laura Cohan. “A Thousand-
 Year Plan for Nuclear Waste.” Business Week 6
 May 2002: 94-96.

Paul, Annie Murphy. “Self-Help: Shattering the Myths.”
  Psychology Today Mar.-Apr. 2001: 60-68.
The Works Cited List
           Info you need to cite a website
   Last name, first name of author.
       If there is no author listed, begin with the title.
   “Title of article within the website.”
       Put quote marks around the title
   Name of website.
       Underline the name
   Date article was written.
       Put the date first, then abbreviate the month.

   Date you accessed the article.
   URL.
       If the URL won’t fit on one line, break it at a slash. Include the entire
        URL, not just the one for the home page.
The Works Cited List

 Entire Web site, no author
Title of Web site. Editor. Electronic publication
  info including version #, date of publication or
  latest update. Name of any sponsoring
  organization. Date of access <URL>.

Jane Austen Information Page. Ed. Henry
  Churchyard. 6 Sept. 2000. 15 June 2002
  <http://pemberly.com/janeinfo/janeinfo.html>.
The Works Cited List

  Page on a web site, with author.
Firstname, Lastname. “Title of Page.” Name of Web
   site. Date of publication or latest update. Sponsoring
   organization. Date of access <URL>.

Stolley, Karl. “MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The
  OWL at Purdue.10 May 2006. Purdue University
  Writing Lab. 12 May 2006
  <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/
  >.
Citing Your Source in your Paper

   Within the body of your text, you must cite
    your sources as you use them.
   You must cite any and all data, facts,
    information, opinions, ideas, tables, charts,
    graphics, photographs, etc. that you obtained
    in your research.
Citing Your Source in your Paper

   References in the text must clearly point to
    specific sources in the list of works cited.
   Identify the location of the borrowed
    information as specifically as possible.
   Readability is important. Keep citations as
    brief as clarity and accuracy permit.
Citing Your Source in your Paper

 Author’s name in text
Lipson has argued this point (38-40).
 Author’s name in reference

This point has already been argued (Lipson 38-40).

Lipson, Charles. Doing Honest Work in College.
  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2004.
Citing Your Source in your Paper

   Author’s name in text
Lipson’s first rule of academic honesty is, “When you say you did
   the work yourself, you actually did it” (3).
   Author’s name in reference
“When you say you did the work yourself, you actually did it,” is a
  good rule to keep in mind (Lipson 3).

Lipson, Charles. Doing Honest Work in College. Chicago: U of
   Chicago P, 2004.
Why do we need to use MLA?

   Formatting rules make research papers
    uniform and easy to read
   The ability to verify facts through proper
    citation of sources is essential to good
    scholarship
   In-text citation and the reference list:
       Identify and credit the sources you used
       Enable the reader to locate your sources

								
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