EQ: What is MLA format and how do I use it?
What does MLA stand for?
- MLA = Modern Language Association
- An agreed upon format
- Typically used in Language Arts
Why do I need to cite my sources?
- Show you’ve done proper research
- Be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
- Avoid plagiarism
- Quote words and ideas used by other authors
- Allow readers to locate information of interest to them
How do I list my sources on my Works Cited page?
- If no author, use the editor and put (Ed.) after their name
- If any piece of information is not given, skip it in your entry and go straight to the next piece of requested information.
- If 2 or more authors, list them in the order given on the source:
- 1st author: Lastname, Firstname
- Additional authors: Firstname Lastname and follow rules for lists
- “Medium of Publication” = Print or Web
- If from EBSCO, after the “Medium of Publication.” Say “EBSCOhost”
How do I cite my sources in my paper?
- (Parenthetical Citation) = in-text citation given in parentheses
- The parenthetical citation is always given at the end of the sentence, BEFORE the period.
- Give the first piece of information listed for that source on your Works Cited page.
- Typically the author’s last name
- Ex: (Jones 7).
- Notice there is no comma between the author’s last name and the page number.
- If your source does not have page numbers, then there will only be one piece of information in the parenthetical citation.
- If you have to use the title of book/article/website, only use the first 1 – 3 major words
For your WORKS CITED PAGE: use http://www.easybib.com/ to help you make your citations.