What is MLA & what it stands for

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MLA and its purpose

MLA stands for Modern Language Association. The purpose of MLA is to help people easily identify your sources so they know you’re not using plagiarism.

Why do we use MLA in English?

We use MLA in English in order to help everyone see that that is your own work and no one elses and it helps avoid accidental plagiarism.

How do you format a paper using MLA? What are the requirements?

Formatting a paper using MLA Formatting a paper using MLA takes little to no work. In order to format it you have to not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested. In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text. Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters. Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in "After Apple Picking" Double space between the title and the first line of the text. Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor or other readers may ask that you omit last name/page number header on your first page. Always follow instructor guidelines.)

How do you cite a book source? How do you cite an internet source?

When citing a book source, you need the author’s name(s), the book title, the publication date, the publisher, and the place of publication. (Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.) When citing an internet source, you need the person’s name, the article title, the website title, the website publisher, date/month/year the website publisher, date/month/year the website was published, and the date/month/year the website was accessed. (Last, First M. “Article Title.”Website Title. Website Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.)

What is an in-text citation? (Use it when citing your sources)

In-text citations are when you take a quotation from in the text and put the author’s name and page numbers where it was taken from. A complete reference should appear on your Works Cited page.
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