Creating Your Research Paper . Radcliffe English. 2013 Version!. Painlessly !. Our goals today are to learn how to:. Correctly format your paper Create in-text citations for sources and avoid plagiarism Develop the Works Cited page .
What margins are required
for an MLA research paper?
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Building a Dream: Emily and Homer
What would it be like to be with a beloved one through eternity? How would it feel to
have the person there, no matter how long one lived? In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” the
protagonist, Emily Grierson could probably share several ways to explore the answers to those
intriguing questions. . . .
What do you notice about the title?
See also sample papers on Purdue’s OWL
Using another person’s phrases or sentences without putting quotation marks around themor providing a parenthetical citation is considered plagiarism even if you cite the source on your Works Cited page!
Copying something over and changing every couple of words is not paraphrasing.It is plagiarism.
Original Material from Martin, Wendy. “Emily Dickinson.” Columbia Literary History of the United States. Emory Elliott, gen. Ed. New York: Columbia UP, 1988. Print.
“Some of Dickinson’s most powerful poems express her firmly held conviction that life cannot be fully comprehended without an understanding of death.”
If you write the following sentence without any documentation, you have committed plagiarism:
Emily Dickinson strongly believed that we cannot understand life totally unless we also comprehend death.
As Wendy Martin has suggested in her article from the Columbia Literary History of the United States, Emily Dickinson strongly believed that we cannot understand life totally unless we also comprehend death (625).
“You’re swearing at me in Yiddish,
“I think I was vaccinated for that…”
“If it’s contagious…”
“I want my mommy!”
Look up these situations…
The FINAL step to your paper!
Although the list of works cited appears on a separate page at the end of your paper, you need to rough draft the paper first, so that you will know what sources to actually cite based on the parenthetical references in your paragraphs!
Works Cited example sheet is available in the handouts distributed today. Be sure to listen carefully to the formatting hints your teacher will give you.NOTES
In MLA style, you acknowledge your sources bybrief parenthetical citations in your text which makes an alphabetical list of works that appears at the end of the paper.
IF YOUR PAPER HAS SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
Ancient writers attributed the invention of the monochord to Pythagoras, who lived in the sixth century BC (Marcuse 197).
THEN YOU WILL PUT THIS ON YOUR WORKS CITED PAGE:
Marcuse, Sibyl. A Survey of Musical Instruments. New York: Harper, 1975. Print.
“Various Careers in…"
King, Stephen. Black House. New York: Random, 2001. Print.
---. Buick 8: A Novel. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. Print.
"Blueprint Lays Out Clear Path for Climate Action." Environmental Defense Fund. Environmental Defense Fund, 8 May 2007. Web. 24 May 2009.
Clinton, Bill. Interview by Andrew C. Revkin. “Clinton on Climate Change.” New York Times. New York Times, May 2007. Web. 25 May 2009.
Dean, Cornelia. "Executive on a Mission: Saving the Planet." New York Times. New York Times, 22 May 2007. Web. 25 May 2009.
Ebert, Roger. "An Inconvenient Truth." Rev. of An Inconvenient Truth, dir. Davis Guggenheim. Rogerebert.com. Sun-Times News Group, 2 June 2006. Web. 24 May 2009.
Gowdy, John. "Avoiding Self-organized Extinction: Toward a Co-evolutionary Economics of Sustainability." International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 14.1 (2007): 27-36. Print.
Leroux, Marcel. Global Warming: Myth Or Reality?: The Erring Ways of Climatology. New York: Springer, 2005. Print.
Milken, Michael, Gary Becker, Myron Scholes, and Daniel Kahneman. "On Global Warming and Financial Imbalances." New Perspectives Quarterly 23.4 (2006): 63. Print.
Nordhaus, William D. "After Kyoto: Alternative Mechanisms to Control Global Warming." American Economic Review 96.2 (2006): 31-34. Print.
Derived from the Latin word plagiarius (“kidnapper”)
“Nearly all research builds on previous research. Researchers commonly begin a project by studying past work in the area and deriving relevant information and ideas from their predecessors. This process is largely responsible for the continual expansion of human knowledge. In presenting their work, researchers generously acknowledge their debts to predecessors by carefully documenting each source, so that earlier contributions receive appropriate credit. As you prepare your paper, you should similarly seek to build on the work of previous writers and researchers. And whenever you draw on another’s work, you must also document your source by indicating what you borrowed—whether facts, opinions, or quotations—and where you borrowed it from.” MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Fifth Edition, p. 114
--- Double-space between successive lines of an entry and between entries.--- Begin the first line of an entry flush left and indent successive lines ½". (Microsoft Word will do this easily with the hanging indent option. (Go to format paragraph, indents and spacing, indentation, then open the more options arrow under “special”.)--- List entries in alphabetical order according to the first word in the citation. --- Ignore any initial article (e.g. "A", "The", "An").--- If no author is given, start the citation with the title.--- Separate author, title, and publication information with a period followed by one space.
--- Do not number a Works Cited list.--- Paginate the bibliography as a continuation of your text.