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Researching. Using MLA Format. Choose subject. Do background reading Find reliable sources Print Periodical literature Online databases Websites. Source Cards. Use 3x5 card Use one card for each source Number each card in upper right hand corner

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Using MLA Format

choose subject
Choose subject
  • Do background reading
  • Find reliable sources
    • Print
    • Periodical literature
    • Online databases
    • Websites
source cards
Source Cards
  • Use 3x5 card
  • Use one card for each source
  • Number each card in upper right hand corner
  • Record all necessary publishing information on card
  • Give call number or material location in lower right hand corner
note card
Note Card
  • Use 4x6 card
  • Use separate note card for each idea
  • Write number of source card used in upper right hand corner
  • Write page number of information at bottom
  • Be careful with non print page numbers
note card1
Note Card
  • Put subject heading or key word on top line of card
    • For help organizing
    • And sorting
note card2
Note Card
  • Place information indented under subject heading
    • Summarize in your own words
    • Or paraphrase using some of author’s words which must be cited in the paper
    • Or use a direct quote which must be quoted exactly and noted in body of paper
    • Always one idea
research materials
Research Materials
  • Keep copies of all information of which copies are run in file
  • Turn in with your paper
  • Use subject headings to organize
  • Sketch informal outline using subject headings
citing sources
Citing Sources
  • Do not cite information found in several sources – considered common knowledge
  • Cite when
    • Summarizing
    • Paraphrasing
    • Quoting someone else’s words
examples of parenthetical citation
Examples of parenthetical citation
  • Source with one author
    • Last name of author followed by page number and enclosed in parenthesis
    • Ex. (Berg 23).
examples of parenthetical citation1
Examples of parenthetical citation
  • Source with no author
    • Give first three words of of title not using a, an, the
    • Ex. (“Huskers Win”). ------Notice quotation marks around title and no page number
examples of parenthetical citation2
Examples of parenthetical citation
  • Source with two or more authors
    • Use all author’s names
    • Ex. (Smolley and Bruce 128). –Notice page number available
examples of parenthetical citation3
Examples of parenthetical citation
  • Author’s name given in paragraph
    • Paper says according to Berg so only need page number
    • Ex. (23).
final draft
Final Draft
  • Use Times New Roman
  • Use Size 12
  • Set margins at 1 inch all around
  • Use header at the top of each page which is .5 inches from top
  • Put last name and page number in header on the left
title page
Title Page
  • Do not use separate page
  • Insert title information on page one of body
works cited page
Works Cited Page
  • Make this last page of paper
  • Number and head like the body of paper
  • Center Works Cited one inch from top
  • Enter entries using hanging indentation which places first line at left hand margin, second and following lines indented
  • Alphabetize all entries by first word except a, an, the
  • Double space