Documenting Sources Documenting Sources In the Modern Language Association MLA system of documentation, writers acknowledge sources by keying brief in-text citations in the text to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the paper. Documenting Sources In-Text Citations In-text citations refer to sources on the Works Cited list and identify a specific location in the source, usually in a parenthetical reference.
If your instructor requires you to create a standalone title page, ask him or her for specifications.
We recommend you use an MLA header for your project. Here is an example of a running head that might be seen in the top right corner of a research paper: Peterson 7 The running head is placed half an inch from the top margin and one inch from the right margin of the page. General tips to keep in mind: Placed in the upper right-hand corner, one half inch from the top, flush with the right margin.
Type your last name before the page number. To make this process easier, set your word processor to automatically add the last name and page number to each page.
Do not place p. Many instructors do not want a page number on the first page. Ask your instructor for their specific preferences. Try looking in the settings area where page numbers or headers can be added or modified.
Quite often, the running head and page numbers begin on the second page, but your instructor may ask you to include the running head on the first page of the assignment. As always, if your instructor provides you with specific directions, follow his or her guidelines.
Margins Use one-inch margins around the entire page. The running head should be the only item seen in the one inch margin see above for more on running heads.
Most word processing programs automatically default to using one inch margins.
Check the page settings section of the program to locate the margin size. Learn more on justified wording and other guidelines. The same justification rules apply in the 8th edition. If your professor requests you use 7th edition guidelines for your work cited MLA format page, click here for more information.
Paragraphs Indent the first word in every paragraph. Sentences should begin one half inch from the left margin. It is not necessary to manually measure half an inch. Like all other sections of the assignment, paragraphs should be double spaced. Quotations Quotes are added into assignments to help defend an argument, prove a point, add emphasis, or simply liven up a project.
Quotes should not take up the majority of your paper or assignment. Quotes should be sprinkled sparingly throughout. Use direct quotes from outside sources to enhance and expand on your own writing and ideas.
There are three ways to add quotes: In the above example, Dan Gutman is the author of the book that this quote is pulled from. This is an example of a proper MLA style citation in the body of a project.MLA Style Table of Contents If the paper is long enough, an MLA style paper can have a table of contents.
There is also no method for breaking up text in the MLA format, so this is left to your discretion and would depend on the content. The Modern Language Association, currently in its 8th edition. MLA Style provides guidelines for formatting documents and citing sources in text and in a works-cited list.
MLA Style is typically used in humanities, language, and literature courses. using table of contents, index, or search tools. MLA style does not require a cover sheet or a title page — instead, at the top of the first page, list each of the following items on a separate line, flush with the left margin: Your name Instructor’s name.
MLA Style Table of Contents If the paper is long enough, an MLA style paper can have a table of contents. There is also no method for breaking up text in the MLA format, so this is left to your discretion and would depend on the content. To change how the text in your table of contents looks, change the style for each level in the table of contents.
On the References tab of the Ribbon click Table of Contents > Custom Table of Contents. A basic table of contents can be used when no style type is specified, whereas an APA styletable of contents is mostly used in the social sciences, and the MLA style in literature.
slide 2 of 6 Basic Table of Contents.