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MLA Format. You will need to submit ALL assignments for assessment using MLA format and if you do not do this you will loose 10% of your marks.

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MLA Format

You will need to submit ALL assignments for assessment using MLA format and if you do not do this you will loose 10% of your marks.

MLA stands for Modern Languages Association and their standards are used as the acceptable way of presenting work for assessment by most schools and universities in the USA.

An MLA formatted assignment will look like this:

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Basic Layout

The key task with MLA is to get the basic layout of your page right. As it happens some of this is done automatically for you by MS Word which defaults to MLA page layout.

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Basic Layout - Margins

You will need a 1 inch or 2.54cm margin on your page [MS Word Normal setting].

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Basic Layout - Header

At the top of the page on the left hand side you MUST insert a header which contains your surname and page number.

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Basic Layout – Header Page Number

To do this go to the INSERT tab, click PAGE NUMBER & TOP OF PAGE then scroll down to PLAIN NUMBER 3 – Right alignment.

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Basic Layout – Header Name

Double click on the page number you have just inserted and type your surname next to the page number

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Basic Layout – Line Spacing

Once you have set up your Header you need to set the line spacing for your document and all work in MLA format is presented using DOUBLE LINE SPACING.

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NOTE: DO NOT EVER manually double line space by pressing Enter at the end of each line !

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Basic Layout – Line Spacing

Click the LINE SPACING button, scroll down and select 2.0.

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Basic Layout – Name, Class, Date

On the left hand side at the top of the page type in your name, subject & class and the date.

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Basic Layout – Assignemnt Title

Centre Page & Bold type the Assignment Title.

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Basic Layout – Paragraphs

Paragraphs MUST be indented one Tabstop which is about 1.5cm.

DO NOT double line space paragraphs!

Word should remember this and automatically indent every time you press Enter from now on.

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Short Quotations

Short quotations of less than 4 lines of prose or two lines of poetry must be embedded directly within the text using Quotation Marks - “xyz” and should be cited with the Author’s Surname & Page Number or web address .

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Short Quotations – Set Chapter

Where the quotation is from a set chapter of a novel you should use Quotation Marks - “xyz” but only need to cite the Page Number.

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Short Quotations – Poetry

Where the quotation is a line from a set poem you should use Quotation Marks - “xyz” but only need to cite the Line or Stanza number.

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Long Quotations

All long quotations need to be presented in their own sub-paragraph and indented. To do this in word use the ‘Increase Indent’ button or tab key.

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Long Quotations

A long quotations is a quote of more than 3 lines of prose or two lines of poetry and should look like this with Author’s Surname & Page Number or web address cited.

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Long Quotations – Set Chapter

Where the quotation is more than 3 lines from a set chapter of a novel you should indent the quotation as a sub-paragraph and cite the Page Number.

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Long Quotations – Poetry

Where the quotation is more than a line from a set poem you should indent the quotation as a sub-paragraph, present the poem as it is printed and cite the Stanza number.

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Remember

If you do not cite references included in your assignment it is considered PLAGIARISM and your work will be ungraded.

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