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Transcript of MLA Formating
For Print sources like books, magazines, scholarly journal articles, and newspapers, provide a signal word or phrase (usually the author’s last name) and a page number in parentheses.
If you provide the signal word/phrase in the sentence, you do not need to include it in the parenthetical citation.
In-text citations for print sources with no known author
When a source has no known author, use a shortened title or full title of the work instead of an author name.
Place the title in quotation marks if it's a short work (such as an article) or italicize it if it's a longer work (e.g. plays, books, television shows, entire Web sites) and provide a page number if applicable.
Citing non-print or sources from the Internet
Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).
List the Web site name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, like CNN.com or Forbes.com as opposed to writing out http://www.cnn.com or http://www.forbes.com.
MLA Formatting Quotations
To indicate short quotations (fewer than four typed lines of prose or three lines of verse) in your text, enclose the quotation within double quotation marks.
Provide the author and specific page citation in the text.
Punctuation marks such as periods, commas, and semicolons should appear after the in text citation.
Question marks and exclamation points should appear within the quotation marks if they are a part of the quoted passage but after the in text citation if they are a part of your text.
MLA Formatting Quotations
Long quotations (Block quotes)
For quotations that are more than four lines of prose or three lines of verse, place quotations in a free-standing block of text and omit quotation marks.
Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented one inch from the left and right margin; maintain double-spacing.
Your in text citation should come after the closing punctuation mark.
Instructions on using in text citations.
Human beings have been described by Kenneth Burke as "symbol-using animals" (3).
Human beings have been described as "symbol-using animals" (Burke 3).
We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." ("Impact of Global Warming" 6).
According to some, dreams express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes 184), though others disagree.
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)?
Nelly Dean treats Heathcliff poorly and dehumanizes him throughout her narration:
They entirely refused to have it in bed with them, or even in their room, and I had no more sense, so, I put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it would be gone on the morrow. By chance, or else attracted by hearing his voice, it crept to Mr. Earnshaw's door, and there he found it on quitting his chamber. Inquiries were made as to how it got there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house. (Bronte 78)
"Welcome to the Purdue OWL."
Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.
"Some Writers Have so Confounded.." N.p., n.d.
Web. 18 Aug. 2015. <http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/documents/1776-1785/thomas-paine-common-sense/some-writers-have-so-confounded.php>.
Website no author
Patterson, Rebecca. "Some Writers Have so
Confounded.." N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2015. <http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/documents/1776-1785/thomas-paine-common-sense/some-writers-have-so-confounded.php>.
Website Known Author
Basic Writings of Thomas Paine
Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason
. New York: Willey Book, 1942. Print.
Book Known Author