Based on the MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, 2016

Note that a period is placed between the title of the article and the title of the journal. No punctuation is placed between the title of the journal or newspaper and the rest of the publishing information.

Margins/spacing: use one inch on all sides with lines double spaced.

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In this module students will learn to

Signal phrase: a signal phrase lets the reader know, right at the beginning of the sentence, that the information he or she is about to read comes from another source.

Here is an overview of the process:

hen writing research papers, students often find the task of working with sources to be overwhelming due to the many requirements for documentation and integration of resources into their own work. However, properly acknowledged and documented resources enable students to work with the ideas of other writers in their own work, and incorporate facts that lend credibility to their assertions. The documentation of resources also allows a reader to verify an interpretation of original material and, of course, prevents accusations of plagiarism.

Font: use a font that is standard and easily readable, such as Times New Roman, size 12.

In this module students will learn to

Think of each quote like a sandwich—the quote is the meat on the inside, but before you taste the meat, you must also be introduced to the sandwich by the bread. After you bite down on that meat, you need the other piece of bread to round out the meal.

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All entries should be listed alphabetically by the author's last name. Citations identified by titles should be listed alphabetically according to the title.

Below is a sample of an essay in MLA format:

Note that each element of information in the citation—author's name, book title, and publishing information—is separated from the next element by a period.

As a painter Andrea was "faultless" (Freedberg 1: 98).

All entries should be listed alphabetically by the author's last name. Citations identified by titles should be listed alphabetically according to the title.

Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format. PurdueUniversity. 1 January 1999

A guide for citing sources in the format required by these journals.

MLA provides limited guidance on citing images: if you are unable to cite the image that you need to using the formats below, please for assistance.

Crews, Frederick, and Schor, The Borzoi Handbook for Writers. New York: Alfred Kopf, inc., 1989.

Sections: MLA doesn’t typically use section headings.

List authors (see Tips and Rules below for arrangement). Present the book title in italics, using MLA capitalization rules (see Tips and Rules below). Give city of publication (no state needed); if multiple cities are listed, name only the first. Then publishing company and year of the book’s publication. If multiple years are given, provide the most recent. End the citation with Print. See below for web or database citation.

Headers: state your last name then the page number, with no punctuation other than a space.

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A hypothesis is defined as “a tentative generalizing inference which is based upon the data available at the moment” (Eggen, Kauchak, and Harder 27).