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Transcript of MLA Citations
-It is the "language" of writing papers
In-Text Citation When there is no author use a shortened version of the title of the work: How to Summarize or Quote Data in your Research Paper Direct quotation: using the author's words exactly surrounded by quotation marks. You still MUST use an in-text citation. So that your reader can easily find and verify the source of
-IDEAS (i.e. When you paraphrase, summarize, or use facts that you learned from a source) Art imitates life and often reflects the historical time period in which it is created. In Toy Story, there is a focus on new and updated material items. In an article titled, "Toys in the Digital World" the author, Miss Carroll explains, "Disney’s Toy Story represents the technology shift that took place in the 1990s" (Carroll 24). The main character Andy, above all, values his toys, especially the ones that reflect the future. -Citations in the body of your paper tell the reader where the quote, idea, or fact came from.
-These are short and simple and must include the LAST NAME of the author and the PAGE NUMBER where you got the information What do toys do when no one is around? What would life be like as a toy? Disney’s animated movie Toy Story answers these questions for its viewers. Unfortunately, the movie shows that life as a toy is not much different from that of an owner. The struggle for dominance and power within the world of the toys mirrors the struggle for dominance and power common among humans every day (Carroll 56). Keep in mind: The in-text citation comes BEFORE a Question mark but always AFTER the period. Books, plays, television shows, and movies often follow a pattern. For example, "The archetypal lens in particular helps readers and viewers to recognize the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth that exists in these works" (Digital World). Disney’s animated movie Toy Story follows this pattern with the rise and fall of the characters Woody and Buzz. Paraphrases: Contain the author's ideas in your own words -simplifying the statement and showing that you understand the author's words. You still MUST use an in-text citation REMEMBER: if you use the author's exact words, phrases, or synonyms in ANY part of the paraphrase or summary you will be guilty of plagiarism. Gawain 6 Last name and page number in the header Works Cited centered at the top of the page Sources are listed in alphabetical order
There is a hanging indent for multiple-line sources (Carroll 24) Author's last name Page number where you got the quote Why do we have to cite facts and ideas even when we write them in our own words? Your Name
12 March 2013 Title of your Wonderful Research Paper Last Name 1 The proper formatting of an MLA research paper is double-spaced, size 12 font, standard margins - 1" on each side, and one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, Courier New
Do not underline the title of your paper and you do not need to include a title page.
Do NOT add an extra space in between paragraphs. Things to Remember about
Research Papers You are compiling information from a variety of sources and presenting them in as unbiased of a manner as possible.
All arguments are support by facts
Tone is formal, serious, and straightforward
Do not use "I" or "my"
Do not use contractions! (Don't, shouldn't, haven't, won't, etc) For more info on MLA documentation: