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University Writing Services MLA

SLU Writing Services MLA Workshop

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How do we
a works cited page?
Make an Appointment using SLU Appointments or Visit our Website:
MLA Citation: An Introduction
Why do
use it?
where do we cite?
How do we
in-text citations?
Answer: the writing, formatting, and documentation style set by the Modern Language Association.

It is commonly used in studies of literature, language, and the humanities.
To allow readers to find, prioritize, and understand information quickly.

To clarify the source of the idea: you or someone else?
Incorporating words (quotes), images, or music that are not your own.

Paraphrasing or summarizing ideas.

Including facts that are not common knowledge
At the end of every sentence containing outside material that you quote/paraphrase/summarize.

After any borrowed image or non-print material.

On the Works Cited page.
A brief notation
of the author’s
last name

and the
page number
where the cited information can be found.

These go
after the sentence.
After reviewing the data, researchers concluded that “twenty percent of all proceeds went to the new veterinarian clinic” (Smith 26).
Researchers found that the veterinarian clinic received a portion of the profits from the dance (Smith 26).
A detailed, alphabetized list of all the sources used.

This is a separate page at the end of the paper.
Article on a Website
Cohen, Elizabeth. “Five Ways to Avoid Germs While
27 Nov. 2008, www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/11/27/ep.avoid.germs.traveling/index.html.
Scholarly Article from a Library Database
Chan, Evans. “Postmodernism and Hong Kong
Postmodern Culture,
vol. 10, no. 3, May 2000, pp. 56-72.
Project Muse,

DOIs vs. URLs
The Purdue OWL:
the quick & free guide
The MLA Handbook: the official & expensive guide
Smith examines sources of funds for the veterinarian clinic (25-28).
SLU Database article
How would you do this
Works Cited entry in MLA?

What do you know about MLA?

What do you want to know?

Jackson, Robert Thompson and John Singer. “Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking.”
American Journal of Pediatrics
, vol. 114, no. 4, 2004, pp. 175-90.
Project Muse
, muse.jhu.edu/article/37463.
When do I quote?

When do I paraphrase?

When do I summarize?
Following three slides from Kate L. Turabian's
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
, 8th Edition, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
The words are evidence for your reasoning
You disagree with the point of view expressed in the passage or statement, and want to accurately represent the opposing side
The statement is from an authority that supports your argument
The words are extraordinarily unique
The statement provides the framework for the rest of your discussion or the argument outlined in your paper
QUOTE when...
You can state the ideas with more clarity or with more brevity than how the source presents them
When your reasoning is dependent on details and not on exact words
Details do not matter because the manner in which you use the source does not require detailed information (what you are doing with the source is more important than the minute details of the argument)


The source is peripheral to your argument.
University Writing Services:
Introduction to MLA Format
Pirates’ lives typically ended within two or three years “and often ended ignominiously at the end of a rope” (Cawthorne 12).
Nigel Cawthorne explains that pirates’ lives typically ended within two or three years “and often ended ignominiously at the end of a rope” (12).
For example:
What is the difference between a quote, a paraphrase, and a summary?
Book Entry
Simon, 2005.

Note that MLA 8 no longer includes the place of publication.
Smith, Thomas.
Under the Apple Tree
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