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MLA Citation, 8th Edition

Learning the basics of how to use MLA
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Paul Dalsky

on 7 September 2016

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Transcript of MLA Citation, 8th Edition

The first page
MLA Style
Your name
Teacher's name
Class
Day Month Year
Last name Page #
Title is centered
1. First part of the MLA citation
2. Page number (if applicable)
In-text citations should include:
I introduced the quote in this example, so I don't have to list the author's last name in parentheses.
Indent the entire quote 1 inch.
Don't use quotation marks.
Put the citation information after the punctuation.
Example In-Text Citation
Block Quote
I did not introduce the author in this quote, so I need put the author's last name in parenthesis with the page number.
Works Cited should be centered at the top. If you only have one source, it should be changed to Work Cited.
Notice every line after the first is indented. This is called a hanging indentation.
Spell out first and last names.
2. Press this button.
3. Select the "Special" drop-down box.
4. Then select "Hanging."
1. Highlight all of the text you want formatted.
Alphabetize by last name
An
in-text citation
is a piece of information you take directly from a source and include in the text of your paper.
A
block quote
is an in-text citation that is more than 4 lines long.

In-text citation for a play
use a slash to indicate a new line in the text
play title (abbreviated)
act number
scene number
line numbers
So you're formatting your source for the Works Cited page and you don't have all the information. You should...
include as much information as possible based on what you can find
If your source has no author...
you should consider getting a new source unless the organization is respectable.
Use Hanging
Indentation to format your Works Cited page.

Principles of MLA
Cite simple traits shared by most works.
Remember that there is often more than one correct way to document a source.
Make your documentation useful to readers.
The Core Elements
1. Author.
If you cite from a source that lists usernames instead of names, include that instead.
If a corporation, gov. agency, etc. is the author, list their name for the author element.
If the corporation, gov. agency, etc. is also the publisher, then skip the author element and begin with the title of the source.
If no author is listed, skip that element and begin with the title of the source.
2. Title of source.
Titles are
italicized
when they name a work that is normally independent.
Titles are put in "quotation marks" when they are part of a collection or a larger whole.
3. Title of container,
A container is the larger whole that holds an individual source.
Examples:
journal
television series
web site with articles
4. Other contributors,
Is there an editor, translator, performer, director that you should name in your citation?
8th Edition
5. Version,
Include important version information.
Examples:
Expanded ed.
8th ed.
unabridged version
director's cut
version 1.3.1
6. Number,
A number should be included if the source is part of a numbered sequence.
Examples:
vol. 2
vol. 128, no. 1
season 4, episode 10
7. Publisher,
The publisher of a book will be on one of the pages in the front of the book.
Films/television series = Ex. Twentieth Century Fox
You don't need a publisher for...
a periodical
a work published by the author
a website with a title that's the same as the publisher
a website not involved in producing the source (YouTube, JSTOR, Ebsco Host)
8. Publication date,
Cite the date that is most meaingful or pertinent to your use of the source.
Periodicals may only include month/year, season/year, or just the year.
9. Location.
Print sources = page numbers
Online = include the entire URL
DVD = disc number
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