MLA 7th Edition Formatting and Style Guide Purdue OWL Staff Brought to you in cooperation with the Purdue Online Writing Lab Overview This presentation will cover: The 2009 updates to MLA Style (7th edition) General MLA guidelines First page format
Section headings In-text citations Formatting quotations The Works Cited page What is MLA? MLA (Modern Language Association) Style formatting is often used in various humanities disciplines.
What does MLA regulate? MLA regulates: Document Format In-text citations The Works Cited (a list of all sources used in the paper) MLA Update 2009 The 7th Edition of MLA made
the following updates/changes: No more underlining (only use italics) Inclusion of the publication medium (e.g. Print, Web, etc.) New abbreviations (e.g., N.p. for no publisher given) Your Instructor Knows Best # 1 Rule for any formatting
style: Always Follow your instructors guidelines Format: General Guidelines An MLA Style Paper should: Be typed on white 8.5 x 11 paper Double-space everything
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman (or similar) font Leave only one space after punctuation Set all margins to 1 inch on all sides Indent the first line of paragraphs one half- Format: General Guidelines (cont.) An MLA Style Paper should: Have a header with page numbers located in the upper right-hand corner Use italics for titles
Place endnotes on a separate page before the Works Cited page Formatting the 1st Page The first page of an MLA Style paper will: Have no title page Double space everything List your name, your instructor's name, the course, and date in the upper left-hand corner Center the paper title (use standard caps but no underlining, italics, quote marks, or bold typeface) Create a header in the upper right corner at half inch
from the top and one inch from the right of the page (list your last name and page number here) Sample 1st Page Formatting Section Headings Section Headings are generally optional: Headings in an essay should usually be numbered Headings should be consistent in grammar and formatting but, otherwise, are up to you
OR Sample Section Headings Numbered (all flush left with no underlining, bold, or italics): Example: Unnumbered (by level):
1. Soil Conservation Level 1: bold, flush left 1.1 Erosion Level 2: italics, flush left 1.2 Terracing Level 3: centered, bold 2. Water Conservation
3. Energy Conservation Example: Level 4: centered, italics Level 5: underlined, flush left In-Text Citations: the Basics Within the text MLA uses parenthetical citations:
The format of parenthetical citations depends on the medium (e.g. Print, Web, DVD, etc.) Parenthetical citations also depend on the ( sources entry in the Works Cited page
The signal word in the text is the first Author-Page Style In-text Example: Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings (263). Romantic poetry is characterized by the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings (Wordsworth 263). Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).
Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford UP, 1967. Print. Print Source with Author For the following Print Source Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method. Berkeley: U of California P, 1966. Print. If the essay provides a signal word or phrase usually the authors last namethe citation does not
need to also include that information. Example: Humans have been described by Kenneth Burke as symbol using animals (3). VS. Humans have been described as symbol-using animals With Unknown Author In-text Example, citing a work with no known
author: 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). With Unknown Author Corresponding Works Cited Entry: The Impact of Global Warming in North America.
Global Warming: Early Signs. 1999. Web. 23 Mar. 2009. Other In-Text Citations 1 Classic & Literary Works with Multiple Editions In-text Example: Marx and Engels described human history as marked by class struggles (79; ch. 1).
Authors with Same Last Names In-text Example: Although some medical ethicists claim that cloning will lead to designer children (R. Miller 12), others note that the Other In-Text Citations 2 Work by Multiple Authors In-text Examples: Smith, Yang, and Moore argue that tougher gun control is not needed in the United States (76). The authors state Tighter gun control in the United States
erodes Second Amendment rights (Smith, Yang, and Moore 76). Jones et al. counter Smith, Yang, and Moore's argument, noting that the current spike in American gun violence compels law makers to adjust gun laws (4). Other In-Text Citations 3 Multiple Works by the Same Author In-text Examples: Lightenor has argued that computers are not useful tools for small children (Too Soon 38), though he has acknowledged elsewhere that early exposure to computer games does lead
to better small motor skill development in a child's second and third year (Hand-Eye Development 17). Visual studies, because it is such a new discipline, may be too easy (Elkins, Visual Studies 63). Other In-Text Citations 4 Citing Multivolume Works In-text Example: as Quintilian wrote in Institutio Oratoria (1: 14-17). Citing the Bible In-text Example:
Ezekiel saw what seemed to be four living creatures, each with the faces of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle (New Jerusalem Bible, Ezek. 1:5-10). Other In-Text Citations 5 Citing Indirect Sources In-text Example: Ravitch argues that high schools are pressured to act as social service centers, and they don't do that well (qtd. in Weisman 259). Multiple Citations
In-text Example: as has been discussed elsewhere (Burke 3; Dewey 21). Other In-Text Citations 6 Miscellaneous Non-Print Sources In-text Example: Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo stars Herzog's long-time film partner, Klaus Kinski. During the shooting of Fitzcarraldo Herzog and Kinski were often at odds, but their explosive relationship fostered a memorable and influential film. Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Herzog, Werner, dir. Fitzcarraldo. Perf. Klaus Kinski.
Filmverlag der Autoren, 1982. Film. Other In-Text Citations 7 Sources from the Internet In-text Example: One online film critic has argued that Fitzcarraldo is a beautiful and terrifying critique of obsession and colonialism (Garcia, Herzog: a Life). Corresponding Works Cited Entry: Garcia, Elizabeth. Herzog: a Life. Online Film Critics Corner. The Film School of New Hampshire, 2 May 2002.
Web. 8 Jan. 2009. Formatting Short Quotations In-text Quotation Examples: 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)? Cullen concludes, Of all the things that happened there /
That's all I remember (11-12). Formatting Long Quotations Long Quotations, In-text Example: 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) Adding/Omitting Words In-text Example for Adding Words:
Jan Harold Brunvand, in an essay on urban legends, states: some individuals [who retell urban legends] make a point of learning every rumor or tale (78). In-text example for Omitting Words: In an essay on urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand notes that some individuals make a point of learning every recent rumor or tale . . . and in a short time a lively exchange of details occurs (78). Works Cited Page: The Basics Sample Works Cited
Page: Works Cited page: Books Basic Format of the Works Cited Page: Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication. Examples: Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, 1987. Print. Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, 2000. Print.
Palmer, William J. Dickens and New Historicism. New York: St. Martin's, 1997. Print. ---. The Films of the Eighties: A Social History. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1993. Print. Works Cited Page: Periodicals Article in a Magazine Format Author(s). Title of Article. Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication. Example: Buchman, Dana. A Special Education. Good Housekeeping
Mar. 2006: 143-8. Print. Article in Scholarly Journal Format Author(s). Title of Article. Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication. Example: Duvall, John N. The (Super)Marketplace of Images: Television as Unmediated Mediation in DeLillo's White Noise. Arizona Quarterly 50.3 (1994): 127- 53. Print. Works Cited Page: Web
Web Source Format: Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Article Name. Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher). Date of last update. Medium of publication. Date of access.
Works Cited Page: Web Examples: Bernstein, Mark. 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites. A List Apart Mag., 16 Aug. 2002. Web. 4 May 2009. Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov. 2003. Web. 10 May 2006. How to Make Vegetarian Chili. eHow.com. eHow. n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2009. Works Cited Page:
Other Personal Interview Example: Elliot, Anne. Personal interview. 1 Dec. 2000. Speech Example: Stein, Bob. Computers and Writing Conference. Purdue University. Union Club Hotel, West Lafayette, IN. 23 May 2003. Keynote address. Works Cited Page:
Other Film Example: The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Perf. Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro. Polygram, 1995. Film. Where to Go to Get More Help Purdue University Writing Lab Heavilon 226
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