General Studies Writing Presentation • Purpose: Introduce students to the logic behind MLA documentation. • Audience: BGSU students continuing their research after narrowing/selecting their topics. • Outcome: Students will better understand MLA style concepts and have access to tools for formatting academic papers and creating a Works Cited page. with Debbie Oesch-Minor MLA Documentation Conventions The logic behind academic paper formatting with Debbie Oesch-Minor Why style guides for paper formatting? Consistent standards established by a governing association Create consistent standards for professionals in a field Create consistent standards for universities Create consistent standards for classes Create consistent standards for students Cartoon: Sharon White. “College Admission Essay Example” WP Syndacator. 25 Nov 2011. Web. 20 June 2012. <http://wpsyndicatorsite.com/example-of-an-mla-research-paper/> OSCOLA Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities Turabian • All fields of academic research agree on the need to document scholarly borrowings, but documentation conventions vary because of the different needs of scholarly disciplines. • MLA and APA are the most common. • MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. “What is MLA Style?” MLA. n.d. web. 21 June 2012. <http://www.mla.org/style> Enter a term to search the site Adv. search | Search tips | Log in Related Li Home > About the MLA About the MLA •MLA Officers an the Executive Co •The MLAexperie Staff Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching •Membership Sta colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustai publishing programs in the humanities. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature. The MLA at a Glance •Nearly 30,000 members in 100 countries •Programs serving English and foreign language teachers •An annual convention, with meetings on a wide variety of subjects, and smaller seminars across the country •The MLA International Bibliography, the only comprehensive bibliography in language and literature, available online •A book publication program issuing a number of new books each year and maintaining a backlist of over 200 titles •4 major periodicals: the ADE Bulletin; the ADFL Bulletin; Profession; and PMLA, one of the most distinguished journals in the humanities •A quarterly newsletter providing association news, lists of deadlines, and items of interest to members •137 divisions and discussion groups for specialized scholarly and teaching interests of members •45 membership committees overseeing association activities and publications •Leadership in the national education community Membership Involvement in Association Activities •Over 300 members are elected to govern the association through its Executive Council, Delegate Assembly, and other governance committees. •Over 680 members serve on the executive committees of the 87 divisions and 50 discussion groups that represent the scholarly and teaching interests of constituencies within the profession and that help determine much of the program at the annual convention. •Over 2,000 members give papers and readings each year at the convention. •Hundreds of readers join the 52 members of the PMLA Editorial Board and Advisory Committee in reviewing essays submitted for publication. •More than 120 specialists index articles and journals for the MLA International Bibliography. •Over 70 members are involved in selecting the winners of the 23 prizes the MLA awards for outstanding scholarly books and articles on language and liter mla.org MLA documentation conventions provide structure for three basic components of academic papers • • • Formatting Your Paper Creating a Works Cited Page Citing within Your Paper Margins, line spacing, front matter, works cited page(s), page numbers and block quotes must be formatted consistently with MLA guidelines One excellent tool for MLA paper formatting is on Purdue’s Online Writing Lab http://owl.english.purdue.edu/o wl/resource/747/01/ The Documented Essay/Research Paper. Hunter College Reading/Writing Center. Hunter College. Web. 20 June 2012. <http://rwc.hunter.cuny.edu/reading-writing/on-line/mlasample-research-paper.html > • Formatting Your Paper Your Works Cited page will list all of the sources you borrow ideas, facts or quotes from in your paper. Your Works Cited Page will m Always begins on a new page m List sources in alphabetical order m Be double spaced throughout http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/libra ry/infosrv/lue/HTU/MLA.pdf The Documented Essay/Research Paper. Hunter College Reading/Writing Center. Hunter College. Web. 20 June 2012. <http://rwc.hunter.cuny.edu/reading-writing/on-line/mlasample-research-paper.html > • Creating a Works Cited Page Citing Sources Within Your Paper • Parenthetical citations—citing references within the text of your paper—identify sentences where you borrow an author's words, facts or ideas. • Parenthetical citations include the first word from your Works Cited citation and a page number followed by citation a period (Oesch-Minor 1). Reader sees a parenthetical • Each parenthetical citation serves as a tab to the bibliographic Reader can on flipyour to the Works Cited to find information included Works Cited page(s). TAB out more about the source For this reason, it is ideal to create a working Bibliography of researched materials so that you can easily include parenthetical citations as you are composing—you’ll already have the data correctly formatted. http://libguides.bgsu.edu/MLA Works Cited Page • Logic of Documentation Conventions in Source Citations – Trace the sources back to their origins – List the origin first and trace through each person, title, publication & publisher – Tell the medium of the publication How Who WhereWhen What Who-What-Where-When-How Helpful Tools Documentation Conventions-In Text Citations-Works Cited Page-How to Cite a Book- • BGSU Learning Commons • • Visit In-Person Visit Online: Writing Resources and MLA Helps • http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/learningcommons/page109193.html • BGSU Library: Online Library Guides • • http://libguides.bgsu.edu/MLA http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/infosrv/lue/HTU/MLA.pdf • Purdue Online Writing Lab [OWL] • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ ? For Next Class • Continue your research • Prepare to discuss format for Works Cited pages and parenthetical citations. Spend at least 15 minutes reading MLA Citation pages on Purdue’s OWL. • Bring in at least 3 of your sources to class (books, magazines, photocopies, printed copies) • Prior to Class: Type & Print a Works Cited page using MLA tools to properly format your first 3 sources BIG BONUS • Formatting Help for Your Works Cited Page Citations – http://citationmachine.net/index2.php Please, create 2 of your citations using the class handout or tools you find at BGSU or OWL. Then, use citationmachine.net for your 3rd citation. Chaucer 14 Works Cited Felver, Brad. "Throwing Leather." Ascent. 10 Sept 2012: n. page. Web. 26 Jun. 2012. <http://readthebestwriting.com/?p=589 > Works Cited “About the MLA.” Modern Language Association. Home Page. Web. 21 June 2012. <mla.org>. The Documented Essay/Research Paper. Hunter College Reading/Writing Center. Hunter College. Web. 20 June 2012. <http://rwc.hunter.cuny.edu/reading-writing/on-line/mla-sample-researchpaper.html>. The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 21 June 2012. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/> . Sharon White. “College Admission Essay Example” WP Syndicator. 25 Nov 2011. Web. 20 June 2012. <http://wpsyndicatorsite.com/example-of-an-mla-research-paper/>.