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M.L.A. Format and Parenthetical Citations

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Kirsten Seatz

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Transcript of M.L.A. Format and Parenthetical Citations

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.
MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.
Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material.
The use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers.
In-text or Parenthetical Citations
Example of Parenthetical Citation
Although he did not create the first paper money used in the colonies, "no other American was involved over as long a period of time with so many different facets of colonial paper money as Franklin" (Grubb 3).

Grubb, Farley. “Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money

Economy.” Philadelphiafed.org. Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and

the Library Company of Philadelphia. 30 March 2006: 1-12. Web. 30

November 2012.<http://www.philadelphiafed.org/publications/economic-

Now, It's Your Turn!
Go to: http://www.easybib.com/
Select "Book"
Type in book title
Select Author
Click "Create Citation"
"Export or Print"
"Copy and Paste"
Then you copy and paste your works cited page onto the end of your paper.

M.L.A. Format and Parenthetical Citations
MLA Format
•Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
•Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.
• Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).
•Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.

•Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.
•Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)
•Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.
MLA Format Continued

Use quotation marks and proper punctuation
Introduce the quote
this creates "flow" by transitioning into the quote
Include the author's LAST NAME
this should match your citation
Include the page number
Last, First M. Book. City: Publisher, Year

Published. Print.

Franklin, Benjamin. Benjamin

Franklin’s Autobiography. Ed. J.A. Leo

Lemay and P. M. Zail. New York: W.W.

Norton & Company, Inc, 1986. Print.
MLA Citation Guide
Kirsten Seatz

Eng. 4770

Dr. Ramsey

Franklin and Early Paper Currency

Benjamin Franklin, among his other contributions to the colonies and

American history, played an important role in America’s economic history.

Although he did not create the first paper money used in the colonies, “no other

American was involved over as long a period of time with so many different facets

of colonial paper money as Franklin” (Grubb 3). Franklin promoted the

introduction of more paper currency to benefit the “common people” and the

economic strength of New Jersey....
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