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Keys to the Works Cited Page
Transcript of Keys to the Works Cited Page
The MLA format is a writing style established by the Modern Language Association that governs:
You will have tomorrow and Friday in Lab 223 to create your Works Cited page.
Those of you who already made an attempt at it will need to adjust to meet the MLA Formatting requirements.
The rest of you will need to have access to your sources to complete the Works Cited page.
Why is the MLA Format Important?
The MLA Format is important because it provides a consistent format for writing papers. It also guides us in documenting and citing our sources. You must cite your sources in order to...
*Lend authority and credibility to your work
*Allow your readers to cross-reference your sources
*Acknowledge your academic debts
Essentials of the MLA Format: The Works Cited Page
The Works Cited page lists all the sources you used (or cited) in your paper.
Begin each entry at the left margin and indent all additional lines of the entry by a single tab. This is called Hanging Indentation. Each entry will look something like this:
Treasures in the Sand:
What Archaeology Tells Us About the Bible
. New York: Pacific, 1993. Print.
Keys to the Works Cited Page
Now you know...and knowing is half the battle!
*The Paper Format,
*Punctuation and Quotations,
*Documentation of Sources and Works Cited
It is used for research papers in many classes in
college, including English, but it is not the only research paper format. Examples of other paper formats include APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago, and Turabian. [You do not need to know details about these for this paper. Adding these formats is merely informational so you are aware that they exist.]
You can learn more about the MLA Format in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
result in a score
of ZERO (0%) for
In college, plagiarism
WILL result in any or all of the following:
1. failure of the paper,
2. failure of the course,
3. EXPULSION from the
college or university
Begin "Works Cited" on a new sheet of paper
Title it Works Cited in the center of the first line.
Arrange entries in alphabetical order.
Begin alphabetical order with the
author's last name. If there is no
author's name available, you will
alphebetize using the first letter
of the first word of the title. (If
the first word is "A" or "The,"
use the second word for
How do we get our papers to look like the sample?
Be sure your header from previous pages continues on your Works Cited page.
Click to expand Paragraph Settings options.
This is what you'll see next.
Under the "Special" menu, select "HANGING."
(It will default to 0.5", which is what you want!)
Click OK to continue.
Your citations will now have Hanging Indent.
Once set, all citations will continue in Hanging Indent as you type.
(*NOTE: If you copy and paste from easybib.com you will have to go back and edit in Hanging Indent!)
Back to Lab 223 tomorrow!
Be sure to have a way to access your sources to work on the Works Cited page!