Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MLA Citations and Format

EHS follows the citation and formatting rules of The Modern Language Association (MLA).

To format MLA papers correctly make sure that you double space throughout the paper, have 1-inch margins, and use Times New Roman 12-point font.

MLA papers also have a header on each page with the student's last name and page number flush right. To add a header in Word, go to View Header and Footer. The Header box will appear on the top of the page, and you can align right your name and use the insert page number [#] icon.

In-text citations for MLA papers look like this after each direct quotation:

"Blah, blah, blah, quotation, blah" (Lahiri 23).

Be exact. The period only goes after the ending parenthesis. There are no commas between the author's last name and the page number.

MLA also requires a Works Cited page to correspond to your MLA in-text citations. For this first paper, you should only have one citation, The Namesake, because you are using only your brain and no outside research from the Internet, etc. on your topic.

The Works Cited page is technically its own page. However, for this essay assignment, you may type your works cited entry at the end of your essay to save a piece of paper. Here's the works cited entry.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004.

Use the hanging indent feature under paragraph formatting in Word so that the second line of each works cited entry is indented five spaces. Works cited entries are also double spaced.

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