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Copy of MLA Citations - The Basics

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Andrew Ruzkowski

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MLA Documentation - The Basics
Why Cite?
A standardized way to organize information about a source

Provides readers information needed to find a source:
Publication information
Other reasons for citing
MLA Citations Overview
2 parts:
Works Cited list
In-Text Citations
Are inserted into the text of your paper and use Author-Page method
Tips for the Journey
Use resources - Purdue OWL, MLA Handbook
The act of presenting another person's work or ideas as your own
Standardized rules minimize chaos and keep things organized
Citing sources gives you intellectual credibility
Citations give your audience resources to investigate
Citations acknowledge the work of other authors
A {brief} intro. to MLA Citations
*Anything cited in-text must appear in your Works Cited list
*You MUST cite every time your paraphrase, summarize, or quote from a source
Works Cited Page
Separate page @ end of paper

Double spaced

Hanging indent (indent second line and beyond 0.5 inch)

Keep track of sources you use:
Print and collect
Write them down
Save to virtual folder
Ask for help
A word of caution
Copying word for word
Failure to cite
Source: http://heidelblog.net/2012/12/s-t-o-p-means-stop-or-does-it/traffic-chaos/
A section of text copied word for word from a source
Short Quotations
Long Quotations
Less than 4 lines of prose or 3 lines of verse
Enclose in double quotation marks
Provide author-page citation
Punctuation mark after citation
According to Foulkes's study, dreams may express "profound aspects of personality" (184).
Is it possible that dreams may express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes 184)?
Cullen concludes, "Of all the things that happened there / That's all I remember" (11-12).
4 or more lines of prose or 3 or more lines of verse
Use free-standing block quotations
Omit quotation marks
Punctuation mark before citation
More thorough information about source
Specific rules depending on the type of source
Signal Phrase
• Authors name and verb to introduce material
• Parenthetical citation follows quoted or borrowed information

• Author name and page # in parentheses at end of sentence.
• Used to cite one sentence of information.

Different Rules Apply...
Different types of sources (e.g., The Bible, multivolume works)
Indirect sources
Author type (e.g., multiple authors, no author, editor)
**Be sure to check with the Purdue OWL or an MLA style guide
Long Quotation: Prose
Long Quotation: Verse
Are used when summarizing or quoting
Indent quotation by 1 inch
Anatomy of a works cited entry
Sample journal citation:
Works Cited Tips
Identify the type of source you are citing
Look up the "formula" on the Purdue OWL or an MLA Handbook
Tips for Identifying Source Type
Look for clues:
Print or electronic?
Buzzwords to indicate source type (e.g., "Gazette", "Post", "Times" may = newspaper)
How many authors?
Am I using info. out of a certain chapter?
Did it comes from a database?
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