MLA 101. How to format and document a research paper using MLA Guidelines. Agenda. Choosing and narrowing a topic Formulating a working thesis Planning What do you already know? What do you need to know? Gathering and processing sources Note-taking Creating Works Cited entries
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How to format and document a research paper using MLA Guidelines
How to know what to write…
Don’t leave home without one!
What do you already know?
What do you need to know?
Gathering & Processing the Information Gathered from Sources
Do NOT wait until the paper is written. You need the Works Cited entries to create the internal citations.
Word of Warning: do NOT use MS Word’s tools for help with MLA format or documentation!
Does the format really matter? YES!
Video 1) How to format an MLA paper: http://screencast.com/t/JSbPW2dc
Video 2) How to format a Works Cited page: http://screencast.com/t/sZchOzaze
Parenthetical citations: what goes in them? Where do they go?
Being open and clear about your sources.