If you are citing an Internet site, you may simply put the word Internet in brackets.
If you have more than one Internet site in your works cited list, you must put the website URL in brackets. This page should be numbered, as should all other pages in your essay (except the first page which should not be numbered), in the upper right hand corner.
Leave two lines in between the title of the page and your first source.
Sources should be placed in alphabetical order on this page by last names of the author(s).
If a source has no author or editor, alphabetize by the first word of the title other than a, an or the. “In the beginning Buddha found enlightenment under the bodhi tree, near what is now Nepal” (Mc Dowell 75).
This means that your place your source on parenthesis (brackets) immediately after the borrowed information in your text and before any line punctuation.
The information contained in the citation should be as follows: ( Author’s last name page number) e.g.
(Collins 134) No comma is required between the two pieces of information.
If you are citing a work without a named author, use either the title of the book or the title of the article in place of the author’s name.
Remember that titles of books need to be underlined or in italics and that titles of articles should be placed in “quotation marks”.
ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
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MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.
You may employ whatever system of formatting that works best for you so long as it remains consistent throughout the document.
Paper must be white, 81/2 “X 11” , and stapled together in the left-hand corner.
All papers should be double-spaced and typed, if possible.
The writing on first page should begin about 1/4 of the way down the page.
All pages should be numbered except the title page and the first page.
Page numbers should be placed in the upper right-hand corner.
In research papers or any other writing that borrows information from other sources, the borrowed information must be clearly documented.
Quotations, summaries, statistics or anything not considered common knowledge is called borrowed information.
The easiest way of documenting your sources is to use in-text citations.
The reference is given in the text of the paper instead of using footnotes or endnotes.
These sections may include individual chapters or other named parts of a book or essay.
Essays MLA recommends that when you divide an essay into sections that you number those sections with an arabic number and a period followed by a space and the section name. If you are only using one level of headings, meaning that all of the sections are distinct and parallel and have no additional sections that fit within them, MLA recommends that these sections resemble one another grammatically.
For instance, if your headings are typically short phrases, make all of the headings short phrases (and not, for example, full sentences). It should, however, be consistent throughout the document.
If you employ multiple levels of headings (some of your sections have sections within sections), you may want to provide a key of your chosen level headings and their formatting to your instructor or editor.
Sample Section Headings The following sample headings are meant to be used only as a reference.
Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material.
Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers.
If you are asked to use MLA format, be sure to consult the is available in most writing centers and reference libraries; it is also widely available in bookstores, libraries, and at the MLA web site.