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  1. MLA Format

  2. Why MLA? • Establish Credibility • Opinions need Research • “Universal” way of verifying Information

  3. What does MLA Entail? In-Text Citation Three Main Parts • Lead In/Signal Phrase • Text • Parenthetical Reference

  4. Lead InStep One • Introduces the text • According to, In the document, Mrs. Chambers stated, etc. Examples • In Harper Lee’s novel, Atticus tells Scout, “…. • According to Mrs. Chambers, “… • Ms. Rantis states, “… • The opening line of Class Room Rulesclaims, “…

  5. How to Format TextStep Two • Regular Formatting = Four or less lines of prose • Block Formatting = Four or more lines of prose • Remove quotes • Free standing block of text • New Line, indented one inch • Parenthetical Reference should come after the closing punctuation mark • See OWL for more examples • Periods, semicolons, commas = AFTER the Parenthetical reference • Question marks & Exclamation points in the physical text go INSIDE the quotations. • Quotations go around the stated text. Format Punctuation

  6. Examples Fill in the missing Punctuation 1. According to Mrs. Chambers, Using the bathroom during class time unnecessarily is strictly prohibited! (Chambers 3) 2. In the article U-High Students Complain Over Bacon Shortage a student claims, This is insane, my burger is so boring (Rantis 5)

  7. Answers • According to Mrs. Chambers,“Using the bathroom during class time unnecessarily is strictly prohibited!”(Chambers 3). • In the article,U-High Students Complain Over Bacon Shortage a student claims,“This is insane, my burger is so boring”(Rantis 5).

  8. Parenthetical Reference Step 3 • Signal Word/Phrase MUST refer to works cited. • Page Numbers • What if the author is unknown? • What if I used the authors name in the lead-in? • What if there are not page numbers?

  9. Examples • (Rantis 6). • (18). • No author? • (“Impact on Global Warming” 6).

  10. What Else does MLA Entail?Works Cited • First word on the citation must match the parenthetical reference. • Alphabetical • Simple Header = Works Cited, centered. • Hanging Indent • Follows a Specific format.

  11. Sample Works Cited Chambers 1 Works Cited Churchwell, Sarah. "The Great Gatsby and the American Dream." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 25 May 2012. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Print. Giles, Gunn. "F. Scott Fitzgerld's "Gatsby" and the Imagination of Wonder." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 41.2 (1973): 171-83. JSTOR. Web. 17 Oct. 2012.

  12. Formatting in MLA • Page Numbers • Upper right hand corner • Matching font & Size • Font & Size • Recommended: Times New Roman • Size 12 • Spacing • Double Spaced • No spaces between paragraphs • One space between sentences

  13. Formatting MLA • Books • Plays • Poems (as books) • Periodicals • Web Sites • Film, television, radio • Online Databases • Articles • Essays • Stories • Poems • Chapters of books • Pages IN a website • Unpublished works • Speeches & Lectures • Short film & musical compostions Italics Quotes