MLA Workshop

September 2020

Let's Talk Style

(You can dance if you want to)

Now back to business...

Why do we use references?

References are

  1. an acknowledgement of where you got your information
  2. a signpost to others to find great resources
  3. evidence of your credibility
  4. all of the above

Click on the link below to answer.


Which format will you be using for this class?
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You Quote It, You Note It

To start, let's take a look at what plagiarism is, quoting vs paraphrasing, and how to embed quotes and correctly cite your references.

  1. Click on the link below. Use with Explorer 11 or Chrome. With Chrome, you'll have to manually enable Flash for the lesson to work. Go to the address bar and click on the lock icon on the left. Choose "site settings". Another window will open. Scroll down and "Allow" Flash.
  2. Read the instructions as you go through and record any questions that come to mind.
  3. Select the character "Dylan" (Arts) to learn about the MLA format.

You Quote It, You Note It (Flash required)

You Quote It, You Note It (Beta of new version)

MLA Resources

Look at the MLA 8 General Format page from Purdue OWL. Locate how to:
  • format a page (i.e., margin, header, spacing, font)
  • create an in-text or embedded citation (i.e., what information needs to be included)
  • consult a sample paper (see how to title the last page of your essay)

Go to Citation Maker. Match the source you would use for each of the following items:
  1. a multi-volume encyclopedia
  2. a short story
  3. a print newspaper article
  4. an article on a website
  5. a YouTube video

For MLA, also consult Works Cited: A Quick MLA Syle Guide and the MLA 8 Core Elements and Examples chart.

You can also see other tools and information on the MLA/APA page on FMSS Library's website.

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The Perfect Score

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Go for the Epic Win!

Use Citation Maker and create properly formatted references or works cited for the following items:

Image Credits

APA Image from Jussel, Amy. “Addiction Series Part 3: Media, Medicos, & Critical Thinking.” Shaping Youth, 20 Jan. 2010, Accessed 16 Jan 2018.

Interior Of Toronto Reference Library. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 28 Mar 2013.

Mario image from Haiku Deck. App. 16 Sept 2013.

Plagiarism, conceptual image. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 16 Jan 2018.

MLA Image from Knobbe, Marlene. "Professional Resources." Marlene Knobbe. Accessed 16 Jan 2018.