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Print out this 2-page handout that covers the basics for every format.
MLA for Dummies 8th Edition
Why is MLA important? Where to find bibliographic information and how to cite properly in text. How to format a paper. How to cite online sources. How to cite in-text citations. (Libby Bennett) July 24, 2016
GVRL and our Databases have a citation button that will create a citation for you to copy and paste onto your Works Cited page.
Works Cited Page
"Center the title, Works Cited, an inch from the top of the page (fig. 3). Double-space between the title and the first entry. Begin each entry flush with the left margin; if an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines half an inch from the left margin. This format is sometimes called hanging indention, and you can set your writing program to create it automatically for a group of paragraphs. Hanging indention makes alphabetical lists easier to use. Double-space the entire list. Continue it on as many pages as necessary".
Readers should be able to move from your words to the words you quote without feeling an abrupt shift. Signal phrases provide clear signals to prepare the readers for the quotation.
Choose a verb that is appropriate in the context. Here are some examples of signal phrases:
Afterwards, ease the reader out of the quotation.
When you use a quotation, help the reader make a smooth transition back into your own words. To do this, follow up the quotation with a sentence or two of your own that reinforces or expands upon it. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)