Blog #6-MLA formatting

16 Feb
  • Form a tentative thesis
  • Organize your evidence
  • Use sources to inform and support your argument
  • Providing background information or context
  • Explaining terms or concepts
  • Supporting your claims
  • Lending authority to your argument
  • Anticipating and countering objections
  • Citing sources; avoiding plagiarism
  • Cite quotations and borrowed ideas
  • Enclose borrowed language in quotation marks
  • Put summaries and paraphrases in your own words
  • Integrating sources
  • Limit your use of quotations
  • Using quotations appropriately
  • Using the ellipsis mark and brackets
  • Setting off long quotations
  • Use signal phrases to integrate sources
  • Marking boundaries
  • Establishing authority
  • introducing summaries and paraphrases
  • Putting direct quotations in context
  • Integrating statistics and other facts
  • Documenting sources
  • MLA in-text citations
  • Basic rules for print and electronic sources
  • Variations on the basic rules
  • Literary works sacred texts
  • MLA list of works cited
  • General guidelines for listing authors
  • Articles in periodicals
  • Electronic sources
  • Multimedia sources (including online versions)
  • Other sources (including online versions)
  • MLA information notes (optional)
  • Manuscript format; sample paper
  • Manuscript format
  • Formatting the paper
  • Preparing the list of works cited
  • Sample MLA research paper

Hacker, Diana. A Writers Reference. New York: St. Martin’s, 2007.

  • MLA formatting and style guide
  • MLA in-text citations: the basics
  • MLA formatting quotations
  • MLA footnotes and endnotes
  • MLA works cited page: basic format
  • MLA works cited page: books
  • MLA works cited page: periodicals
  • MLA works cited page: electronic sources
  • MLA works cited page: other common sources
  • MLA additional sources
  • MLA abbreviations
  • MLA sample works cited page
  • MLA sample papers
  • MLA tables, figures,  and examples
  • MLA powerpoint presentation
  • MLA undergraduate sample paper
  • MLA classroom poster

Purdue OWL. “MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 10 May 2008. Web. 15 Nov. 2008. <;

The most important thing from these sources is making sure you cite your sources properly so that way the professor can’t say you are plagiarism. Formatting is important because without it all of our papers would be messy and people wouldn’t be able to understand what we are saying and they would be able to get us in trouble for plagiarism.

I went back to blog #5 and fixed my cited sources. I added the title of the document, the date I accessed the source, last update, and the url in angle brackets. I’m confused on why we do in-text citations. I have been using MLA since high school and it was literally beaten into us. I just have no clue of why we need in-text citations if we have a works cited page. That was never really explained to us, unless it was but I don’t remember.

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