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MLA = Citations!

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Sybil Priebe

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Example of paraphrasing
no quotations
used to include another persons view or claim
summarizes rather than quote word for word, leaving space for your own input
can be used to explain a view you either agree or disagree with
used within paper
to reinforce main
claim in three or less
“Give the author’s name, the name of the work, the date of creation, and the medium of publication. Use ‘digital file’ when the medium can not be determined.”

Cite the author or title
(Purdue Owl: MLA Formatting and Style Guide).
Digital Files: PDFs, .JPEGs, .Gifs etc
Granov, Adi. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2007) #31 Wallpaper. Marvel, 2008. JPEG.
“Dead Freight.”
Breaking Bad
. AMC, New York. 12 Aug. 2012. Television.
“You'd Be Surprised.”
Boardwalk Empire
. HBO, New York. 15 Oct. 2012. Television.
“Winter is Coming.”
Game of Thrones
. HBO, New York. 17 Apr. 2011. Televison.
“The Gypsy and the Hobo.”
Mad Men
. HBO New York. 25 Oct. 2009. Televison.
Music/Sound Recordings
Carter, Shawn. “Allure.”
The Black Album.
Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, 2003.
Granov, Adi. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2007) #31 Wallpaper. Marvel, 2008. JPEG.
Films & Videos
Drive. Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn. Perf. Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks. FilmDistrict, 2011.
Start with the title of the movie and underline it. Then cite the name of the director and lead actor with “Perf.” before the actor and “Narr.” or "Dir." Before the director, and then put the name of the distribution company and the release date of the film.
Things you should include – Names of author and editor, article name in quotations, title of site in italics, publisher (if available), date accessed and URL (if required).

“MLA lists electronic sources as Web Publications. Thus, when including the medium of publication for electronic sources, list the medium as Web.”
Cite the author or title

(Purdue Owl: MLA Formatting and Style Guide).
Hainey, Michael. "
The GQ&A: Denzel Washington"
. Condé Nast, n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2012. <http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201210/denzel-washington-interview-gq-october-2012>.
Artist's name first. Song name in quotation marks and underline the name of the album followed by the manufacturer or record label, and the date the song was released.

artist’s last name (Carter) (Breaux) (A Writer’s Reference, 399).
Breaux, Christopher.
Pyramids Live on SNL.
Perf. Frank Ocean, John Mayer. SNL Studios, 2012.
“To cite an e-mail, begin with the writer’s name and the subject line. Then write ‘E-mail to’ followed by the name of the recipient. End with the date of the message"
Cite the author of original email (Nike.com)

(A Writer’s Reference, 397).
Nike.com. “The LeBron X+ iD: Celebrate Ten Years of LeBron and Nike Basketball.” E-Mail to Ricardo Guillaume. 10 Oct. 2012.”
cite the episode name (Dead Freight)
Start by writing the title of the episode in quotations. Then write the name of the show itself in italics. Put the network name, city where the headquarters reside and the date of the broadcast. Then put the publication type.
Broadcast Television
Citing Abnormal Sources
Citation Builders
Microsoft Word:
MLA Sixth & Seventh Edition

is relatively user-friendly,
saves & exports data, autofills.


creates intext citations & reference list


excellent for Web sources

Microsoft Word
built in builder for 6th & 7th MLA edition
not for undated sources

title format issues with unknown authors

only for internet sources

does not always have a consistent format
How do I Cite?
You must use quotation marks around words if you are using 3 or more words in a row from someone else!!
This adds credibility to your paper.
Keep it short!
Use sparingly so you are still able to communicate your own view.

Word for word citation from source over three words long...
Quotations at beginning, and end of quote "".
Capitalize the first letter in the quote if it a complete sentence... if it's only a piece of a sentence you do not need to capitalize.
(Author's last name, and the page number the quote was found on), follow immediately after end quote in parenthesis!
Direct Quote
Use when quote extends four typed lines.
Used mostly when quoting fiction or literature.
Start by indenting your quote one inch from the main margin.
Begin quote, citing word for word
Quotation marks are not necessary.
The author's last name, and page number come after
closing punctuation mark.
Block Quote
Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).

Anna asked, "Is this box too heavy?" (Smith 8).
Examples of Direct Quotes

Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now to him vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one. (98)
Block quote example
Gatsby experiences a moment of clarity while standing with Daisy on his dock. Fitzgerald writes:
Author's Name. “Title of blogpost.” Weblog. Publisher of Blog. Posting date. Date of access. url of post
Cite the author or title (Refracted Input).
Green, Anthony; Fields, Linsey. “Rajon Rondo’s GQ Internship.” Weblog. GQ. 14 September 2012. 17 September 2012 http://gq.tumblr.com/post/31522799671/gq-rajon-rondo-intern-fashion-week
MLA Guides
It's bad!
So What Is it?
"Plagiarism is presenting someone else's words or other creative product as your own. Note that plagiarism can be illegal if it violates a copyright, which is a form of legal protection for the expression of creative ideas."
According to Merriam-Webster, it means "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source"
According to Merriam-Webster cheating means to "practice fraud or trickery" or "to violate rules dishonestly"
According to the academic integrity policy "Cheating is the use of unacknowledged materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The use of books, notes, calculators, phones and conversation with others is restricted or forbidden in certain academic exercises. Their use in these cases constitutes cheating. Similarly, students must not request others (including commercial term paper companies) to conduct research or prepare any work for them, nor may they submit identical work or portions thereof for credit or honors more than once without prior approval of the instructor."
NDSCS Doesn't Like This Either!
Students may recieve failing grades on assignments, exams, or even classes
What are the Implications of Plagiarism?
May lead to suspension or even expulsion from school
Plagiarism/cheating will stay on a student's transcript, which can hurt potential educational/employment prospects in the future
"Students committing acts of academic dishonesty not only face university discipline and possible criminal action but run a serious risk of harming their future educational and employment opportunities. Prospective employers and other educational institutions frequently use recommendation forms that ask for judgment and comment on an individual's moral or ethical behavior. In all cases in which a grade of "F" is assigned for disciplinary reasons, the "F" will remain on the student's transcript, even if the course is retaken and a passing grade is achieved."
NDSCS Says That...
Works Cited:
Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster,
n.d. Web. Oct. 2012. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/>.

Nancy K. Kubasek, Bartley A. Brennan,
and M. Neil Browne, The Legal Environment of Business, 3rd ed. (upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2003), 172.

"UMass Dartmouth Student Academic Integrity'
Policy*." Academic Integrity Policy. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, n.d. Web. Oct. 2012. <http://www.umassd.edu/studentaffairs/studenthandbookintroduction/studentconductpolicies/academicintegritypolicy/>.
Use your own words, but still express someone else's view.
You might use this when you want to simplify the sentence, or argument...
You want to clarify the material for your audience in YOUR own words.
Steps to proper paraphrasing
1.) reread the passage until you completly understand its meaning
2.) look away from the original, and write your paraphrase
3.) write down a few key words to remind yourself where/ how you plan to use the paraphrase
4.) reread the original and compare with your paraphrase. Be sure it accurately includes all off the necessary information from the original.
5.) use quotations marks when you include a unique or cliche term from the original
6.) write down the source so you can credit it in your works cited.(owl.english.purdue.edu)
site title of the movie (Drive)
(A Writer’s Reference, 399)
(Purdue Owl: MLA Formatting and Style Guide).


Direct quote
used within paper to
reinforce claim in four
lines or more
separate from the rest of
use as little as possible
to allow space for your
own views
“ Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Title in quotes. Name of site in italics. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Web. Date of access.”

author’s name or title of the video (Dakeva) or (Baby I’m Yours)

(Cite YouTube Video in MLA).

Dakeva, Irena. “Baby I'm Yours.”
. Ed Banger Records, nd. Web. 10 Oct. 2012.
What Is MLA?
Short for Modern Language Association
Style guide used to corretly construct a paper and to properly cite sources
Adds credibility to you and sources you cite
Protects against plagiarism
Purdue OWL Guide
used to help format a paper, explains the format of the paper and how it should lookalso explains what the paper should include (thesis, intro, conclusion, etc.)the rules from the guide are used to form a papercan be used throughout the entire writing process
Guides differ because they are used for different parts of a paper. They can be about the format, thesis, citations, or the works cited .
University of Maryland Guide
used to make correct citations used to give guidelines for what is required for a correct citation the rules from the guide give a proper example of correct citations
use sparingly
quote written
word for word
use with good
use when you can't paraphrase
without changing the author's
double spaced
include complete
on work cited page.
block quote
Just remember = anytime you use information that comes from outside of your own head, you have to give credit to that source!
When all else fails, ask your instructor how to cite something that isn't in the textbook or on a guide somewhere.
If you find an error in this Prezi, contact the instructor using this.
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