MLA Style In Writing Papers

Writers build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to source material. Use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism – accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers. All entries in the Works Cited page must correspond to the works cited in main text. Most entries will likely be listed as Print or Web sources, but other possibilities may include Film, CD-ROM, or DVD. When we gather the materials we need to collect such information: author name(s), book title, publication date, publisher, place of publication. The title should be written in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters. The list of sources at the end of a paper is called Works Cited. To direct a reader to the list, the body of the paper includes the author’s last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken. For organizing a list with 10 entries it should be used separate entry for the entire collection listed by the editor’s name. Hanging indent should be half-inch from the left margin for the first line of paragraphs or push the Space Bar five times, 1 inch on all sides.

Having a source that isn’t listed in style guide the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry should correspond to the citation. The information taken in the library databases or Google Scholar should be corresponded to the source information on Works Cited pages. The information from a list of sources should be interesting for discussion and fully disclosed for reader.


Work Cited

MLA Hanbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language

Association of America, 2009. Print.

MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics”, 7th ed. 6 June, 2014


MLA STYLE Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern

Language Association of America, 2008. Print.


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