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MLA Format the Basics

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Bree Manges

on 23 February 2016

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Transcript of MLA Format the Basics

2014
MLA Format
STEP 1:
Format
STEP 2:
Works Cited Page
STEP 1
Format
Times New Roman
12 point
ALL BLACK
Double Space (entire document)
Remove space after paragraph
1. FONT
2. SPACING
3. MARGINS
1" on all sides
4. HEADING & TITLE
Your name
Teacher's Name
Name of class
Due Date
Date Tips:
International Format: Day Month Year
(NO COMMAS!)
(SPELL OUT THE MONTH!)
Title
STEP 2
Works Cited Page
Which one would you hire?
A.
B.
1. Getting Started...
www.easybib.com (a RESOURCE, not a crutch!)
Should be the last page of your paper, NOT a separate document!
Should start the beginning of a new page
Including the URL is up to your teacher (always ask)
2. The Anatomy of a Citation
PROBLEM: Students are simply plugging in website addresses and not checking each text field.
RESULT: Your citations look SLOPPY!
SOLUTION: Know what a NEAT citation looks like; check your work.
Things To Look For & Avoid
No All Caps
Nothing is repeated!
No weird characters (^&%$#@**)
No vertical lines, strange dashes, etc.
1. Author's last name, first name.
2. "Article Title."
3. Website Title
4. Website Sponsor
5. Date Published
6. Location Found
7. Date Found
8. URL (ask your teacher)
3. Examples
Example #1
http://www.easybib.com
http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=167
What did we learn?
Example #2
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/douglass/wRights.html
What did we learn?
Example #3
http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/grimke.html
What did we learn?
STEP 3:
In-Text
Citations
STEP 3
In-Text Citations
1. Quick Reminders
No hyperlinks! Why? It's messy!
No color in final draft! Why? It's messy!
Try to do it as you go, not at the end. Why? Saves time, more accurate.
Punctuation goes OUTSIDE the parentheses ONLY. Example: Early childhood education was first studied and implemented in Germany (Tyner).
2. New Tip: Use the Works Cited Page to Help you!
POP QUIZ!
Video Tutorial
Title Tips:
No bold, underline, etc.
Capitalize First, Last, & Important Words
1. What font should you use in an MLA style paper? (size, style, & color)
Answer: Times New Roman, 12 pt. Black
2. What kind of spacing should you use?
Answer: Double; Remove Space after Paragraph
3. What size should your margins be?
Answer: 1"
4. Write a heading for a paper as if it were due today.
Laura Jones
Ms. Manges
English 12B
18 March 2014
5. Write a parenthetical in-text citation using the following citation from the works cited page:
"The Great Depression: 1929-1939." The Eleanor
Roosevelt Papers Project, n.d. Web. 13 Jan.
2013. <http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/teachinger/
glossary/great-depression.cfm>.
Answer: ("The Great Depression")
6. Write a parenthetical in-text citation using the following citation from the works cited page:
Ikerd, John. "Corporation of American
Agriculture." n.p., 2010. Web. 20 Dec. 2012.
<http://web.missouri.edu/ikerdj/papers/SFT-
Corporatization%20of%20Am%20Ag%20(7-10).htm>.
Answer: (Ikerd)
This is an article title, so it MUST include quotation marks.
Notes: This guy does a great job at showing you how to set up certain things in MS word if you forget how to do it.

WARNING #1: He acknowledges that MLA is becoming LESS specific about certain things (e.g. 11 OR 12 pt. font; Calibri OR Times New Roman). Remember that your teacher ALWAYS has the final say in what your paper should look like, and I've been very specific about which fonts and formats I require.

WARNING #2: He shows you how to make a header, which I haven't covered yet. We'll do it before the end of the year, but until then, you can just skip that part of the video.
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