Published on February 15, 2014
Quotations and Citations
To avoid plagiarism So the reader knows where you’re getting your information So the reader can consult your sources for further research
MLA: Modern Language Association ◦ Citation style developed by the Modern Language Association of America, an organization dedicated to scholarship, research, and teaching, particularly of language and literature ◦ www.mla.org
A list of all the sources you have cited in the text of your paper Listed alphabetically Double-spaced, with the second and subsequent lines indented for each entry
Provide in-text citations for all direct quotes and paraphrases. Purpose: so the reader can find the full listing of the source of the quote/paraphrase in the Works Cited page
The author-page style ◦ Use only the author’s last name in the citation followed by the page number: Example: Our reality is formed by words, for “our primary world of reality is a verbal one” (Langer 778). ◦ If the author is mentioned in the sentence, then include only the page number of the text: Example: Langer says, “The fact is that our primary world of reality is a verbal one” (778). Note that the citation and the period come after the closing quotation mark.
Non-print sources (ex. from the internet, speeches, presentations) ◦ Include the first item from the corresponding Works Cited entry (ex. author name, article name, website name, etc.) ◦ Do not include the URL of a website, as many URLs change over time ◦ Do not include page numbers, as there are none
Example: ◦ Our reality is formed by words, for “our primary world of reality is a verbal one” (Langer 778). Verbal language is an integral aspect of the world of humanity. It is a powerful tool that “allows you to implant a thought from your mind directly into someone else’s mind” (Pagel). ◦ Works Cited: Langer, Susanne. “Language.” A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers. 9th ed. Ed. Lee A. Jacobus. Boston: Bedford, 2013. 768-781. Print. Pagel, Mark. “How Language Transformed Humanity.” TEDGlobal. Edinburgh International Conference Center, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 13 Jul 2011. Conference Speaker.
For more information, consult the Purdue OWL website: ◦ https://owl.english.purdue.edu/ ‘MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide’ link at right MLA Vidcast series:
MLA Citation Style worksheet Mark Pagel’s “How Language Transformed Humanity” ◦ Comprehension and Discussion worksheet
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