Learn and Generate Bibliographies, Citations, and Works Cited

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MLA Block Quote Format
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Including quotations to your MLA school essay or research paper adds strength to it. It helps the reader understand the original sources while reinforcing your thesis. Although you don’t want to overuse long quotations in your paper, it is necessary sometimes, particularly for poems. In order to properly set the quote off from the rest of the paper, you’ll need to format it correctly. In MLA...

Using Numbers in MLA Style
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You’ll need to know when and how to write out numbers in your MLA style school essay. The rules are easy to follow as MLA does try to make it simple to write and organize papers in this style. Arabic or Roman Numerals Although you will use Arabic numerals for numbers that are not spelled out, you may find you use Roman numerals in certain cases. For example, the introduction in a book may be...

Citing an Introduction or Afterword in MLA
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It’s always best to cite from authoritative sources, no matter what style you’re using for your paper. To verify the information comes from a valid, authoritative source, you can check for the authenticity of the website, the author, the publisher and/or the organization that published it. Establishing Authority in Your School Paper Many times, you can tell if the source is authoritative by...

Citing a PowerPoint Presentation in MLA
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It’s pretty common these days to have a slideshow presentation in a meeting or classroom lecture. These visuals help the listeners view graphs and follow along with the lecturer. It also makes it a little easier to take notes, or you may end up with a printout of the slides so you don’t even have to take notes. Many times, presentations are uploaded to websites for later viewing. Lectures are...

How to Format Your MLA Cover Page
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Formatting your MLA paper is important to the overall presentation of your paper. As part of the learning process, your teacher will require you to format your essay by following MLA rules. The cover page is critical to your overall paper as it’s the first impression your instructor and readers will see. However, in MLA, a formal cover page is not required. Formatting Rules Fortunately, it’s easy...

How to Punctuate in MLA Works Cited
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Arranging your MLA Works Cited page properly is an important part of finalizing your school research assignment. Your teacher will provide guidance as to any particular formatting issues; however, in general you should follow these rules. MLA doesn’t have a lot of fancy punctuation rules. For the most part, it’s simply using commas and periods. While creating your core elements, you will notice...

Arranging Numbers in Works Cited List
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After writing a school paper in MLA style, start formatting your works cited page. Hopefully, you’ve created a working or preliminary bibliography or works cited page as you did your research. Now you simply take your preliminary Works Cited page and start arranging it as required. One common question is whether numbers come before letters. The quick answer is ‘no’. Follow these guidelines for...

 MLA Works Cited Films, Movies and TV Shows
 

If you’re writing a school essay using MLA style and need to cite films, movies or television shows, you can do so easily. MLA 8 is designed to be flexible to accommodate different platforms and versions. Films or Movies Films and movies are synonymous so you can use the terms interchangeably. Typically, in the United States, the word movie is used rather than film. Sometimes, independent...

Citing the Bible in MLA Works Cited
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Although most citation styles, such as APA and Chicago/Turabian do not require including entries for the Bible in bibliographies or reference lists, MLA does require a works cited entry. Cite the Bible or other religious texts using the MLA container system. Creating an MLA Entry for a Bible Source Using the nine core elements of MLA style, the first element will be the title rather than the...

Creating Anthology MLA Works Cited Entries 
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Anthologies are collections of writings published in a book or journal. The writings are centered around a similar theme, time or subject matter written by various authors. Collections of poems or short stories by the same author are also anthologies. Types of Anthologies Short stories are collected in an anthology such as this book centered around Chicano/Latino writings published in 2008. The...

Creating Hanging Indents for Your MLA Works Cited List
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As you organize your Works Cited list, you notice each entry is supposed to be formatted using hanging indents. If you’re not familiar with this term, you may feel puzzled and unsure what to do next. Hanging Indent Explained It’s really very simple. A hanging indent simply means that the second line is indented five spaces from the first line. If your works cited entry is longer than two lines...

How to Cite an Interview in MLA
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As you research your MLA paper, you may find that using interviews of prominent researchers in your field is a good source. Or you may decide to interview someone yourself. Depending on the type and manner of publication, interviews may be considered primary sources. Citing interviews in MLA works cited uses container system with the nine core elements to each citation. Primary Source Interviews...

How to Cite Shakespeare in MLA Works Cited
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Teachers assign essays on William Shakespeare in humanities classes frequently, using MLA citation style. Learning about Shakespeare’s works can be fun and there are quite a bit of resources available to help you research and write about them as well. Creating In-Text Citations for Works by Shakespeare While creating in-text or parenthetical citations, list: Act. Scene. Lines. Formatting:...

Citing Scholarly Journal Articles in MLA Works Cited
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Using scholarly journal articles in your MLA essay is a good way to find authoritative sources to back up your thesis statement. Journal articles fall under both primary and secondary sources, depending on the content. When you are searching for relevant articles, read the abstract first. This helps determine whether it will be a useful article for your paper. Finding Journal Articles for Your...

MLA Works Cited Magazine and Newspaper Articles
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In MLA’s latest update, MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition, a container system was developed to help students figure out how to cite sources, like articles, correctly. MLA style is used in the humanities, which includes bibliographic entries for art, music, film, movies and video. With the changing technology, it became difficult for MLA editors to keep up with the changes. Primary and Secondary...

Preparing to Write MLA College Papers
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Learning to research and write MLA college papers is an essential skill as you leave the comfort of high school classes. One frequent complaint by college professors is that high school students come unprepared for college level writing. Gearing high school classes towards standardized tests encourages teachers to teach the five-paragraph essay rather than writing research papers. College Writing...

Using Note Cards for MLA Research Papers
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In today’s digital age, it seems strange that organizing your research sources would be done on index cards. Instead of a mobile app or Google Doc, writing your sources on separate 3 X 5 index cards may still be a better way to help organize your citation sources. Although some teachers provide Word document templates that follow the same pattern, having the cards available makes it easier to...

Difference Between Five-Paragraph Essay and MLA Paper
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In high school, you’ll learn how to write a five-paragraph essay. This skill comes in handy as you learn to develop a thesis statement and organize an essay. Writing a five-paragraph essay is a part of standardized testing, which means it is a useful skill to learn. Organizing a Five-Paragraph Essay When you write a five-paragraph essay, you follow these steps: Introductory paragraph including...

Writing MLA Thesis Statements
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Writing a thesis statement for your MLA style school paper seems intimidating to high school and college students. You may have practice in understanding thesis statements when you prepared five-paragraph essays. Maybe you have even written short five page research papers in your English classes. Writing MLA College Papers However, now you are entering college and you will be writing a lot of...

Creating MLA 8 In-Text Citations
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Students often use terms such as reference, citation and bibliography interchangeably, but there are differences in these terms. A bibliography (or reference list) is the list of all the sources you used to create your paper. The citation is actually the combination of your in-text source, which then refers the reader to the full entry listed at the end of your paper. This list, titled a...

Using MLA Containers
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As you learn about using MLA for citing your sources, you’ll notice a new term ‘container’. You may wonder what that means for you as you create your works cited page. There’s a simple reason why MLA developed the container style. While updating the MLA Handbook, the editors realized they needed to create an easier way to format entries. Since information is found in so many sources and methods...

MLA: Understanding the Core Elements of Works Cited
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MLA Style is designed to be flexible since it’s used in the arts and humanities. The Eighth Edition of MLA Handbook provides an easy way to create entries for different sources, such as artworks, videos and printed materials. MLA Elements There are nine elements to each entry in an MLA Works Cited list. The Eighth Edition has revised these elements so if your instructor requires to you to use the...

MLA 8th Edition Abbreviations and Acronyms
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You may use abbreviations in your Works Cited list but when you are writing your paper, you should always spell out the words. Instead of using abbreviations such as etc., i.e. and e.g., write them out. For example, instead of using e.g., write out “for example”.  When you use acronyms in your paper, write them out first then put the acronym in parentheses. You may then use the acronym throughout...

MLA 7th Edition vs MLA 8th Edition
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As you start to prepare your paper in MLA Style, you realize you don’t know if you should use the seventh edition or the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. You may think there’s not much difference but, in this case, a shift in creating entries for your Works Cited list took place with the publication of the eighth edition. In 2016, the Modern Language Association (MLA) decided it was time to...

Alphabetizing Your  MLA Works Cited List
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You finally have your research paper finished and your sources created into entries and now you can start putting it all together. You’re almost done. Alphabetizing your MLA Works Cited list is easy as it follows the letter by letter method. Read on to understand how this method works when you’re dealing with multiple authors, no author or other cases. List Items Alphabetically  The first step is...

Organizing a MLA Works Cited List
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Unlike a bibliography, a Works Cited list is created to list only the sources you cited in your research paper. Every citation in your paper should match up to an entry in your Works Cited list, which means you need to review your paper to make sure the in-text citations are properly sourced at the end of your paper. If your instructor asks you to prepare a bibliography in MLA style, title it...

Works Cited Page Example
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Your paper is perfect! All your in-text quotes have a citation, the formatting is top-notch and you’re now breathing a sigh of relief. Until you realize you don’t have a works cited. Don’t lose your cool. You have the research and the paper, the works cited is a piece of cake. How to Do a Works Cited Page A works cited page is the last page of your MLA style paper. It’ll include your references...

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography in MLA Style
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Is your professor asking you to write an annotated bibliography? Are you clueless? You’ve come to the right place. The world of bibliographies can be a difficult web to weave, especially when you are talking about annotated bibliographies. Take a deep breath and get ready. You’re going to learn everything you need to know to make an annotated bibliography in MLA. What Is an Annotated...

How to Cite a Picture in MLA
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Images add diversity and visual information that just sometimes isn’t possible with words. But how do you add it to your works cited? Learn the ins and outs of citing a picture in your work and a little about the legalities. Adding a Reproduced Image in Text Sometimes, it makes sense to visually reference images to prove a point. This is especially true if you are writing a paper about arts or...

Tips on Citing a Poem in MLA Style
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Hath thou ever cited a poem before? Citing a poem in MLA format isn’t life or death, it’s simply a matter of knowing the format. Not only will your writing be flawless, but your poem quotations will be impeccable. How to Cite a Poem In-Text Poems come in all shapes and sizes. They can be the size of a novel or as few as two lines. Therefore, it makes sense that citing a poem in the text takes on...