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MLA Citations

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Stephanie Higley, MEd (#106985)

This book is a complete reference guide for MLA (Modern Language Association) citations and formatting. It includes a general overview of MLA citations, including formatting, parenthetical or in-text citations, footnotes, and everything you need to know about works cited pages all in accordance with the most current guidelines issued in the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. This eBook also presents examples of commonly used citations in research.

This book is ideal for students and researchers in areas of humanities and liberal arts. MLA citations are introduced as early as junior high and used often up through post-graduate writing, yet they continue to be an area of confusion and difficulty. While the formatting changes as the Modern Language Association updates their handbook, a firm grasp of MLA guidelines and citations is essential for scholars of all ages.

An Introduction to MLA Citations

In research and other forms of academic writing, outside sources are almost always consulted. In such cases, it is important to avoid plagiarism and give credit to the original source. Through the use of citations, sources can be credited within and at the end of one's work. Simply put, citations are a way to reference any words, ideas, data, graphs, or any other information from another resource.

The MLA (Modern Language Association) is made up of a council and committees of scholars from various areas of study. The association oversees changes made to established forms of citation that are used by a large number of researchers, authors, and more. MLA style citations are favored by those in the liberal arts and humanities because of their simplicity (Modern Language Association 2012).

For more than fifty years, the MLA has provided a fairly straightforward means of consistency in formatting and documenting original sources in scholarly writing (Modern Language Association 2012). The association s most recent edition of the MLA Handbook offers guidelines for paper formatting, parenthetical citations, footnotes, and an alphabetical catalog of works cited. This helps students, professors, researchers, and scholars to prevent plagiarism and keep a record of original resources.

"Everything You Need to Know About MLA Formatting & Citations" will walk you through the basic principles and practices of MLA citations. Once you understand what citations are and why they are important, this book will walk you through the steps necessary to format and cite within the guidelines set forth by the MLA in its 7th edition of the MLA Handbook.

When beginning your writing, you should have a firm grasp of how to format your paper in accordance with MLA style. This book will also guide you in avoiding plagiarism in your writing from the start. From there, you will delve into different forms of citations including (parenthetical/in-text, footnotes, et cetera). Finally, you will learn how to end your paper with a works cited page or annotated bibliography. You will learn how to properly cite a variety of commonly used resources, including books, periodicals, Internet sources, and more. Examples of each of these pieces of the MLA puzzle will be provided for an even greater understanding.

About the Author

Stephanie Higley, MEd

Active since Feb 2010

Stephanie Higley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007 and her Master's degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma in 2011. She taught language arts at the secondary level in Oklahoma City for two years and now lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
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Stephanie's background in writing, education, and the arts has provided her with a knowledge and range of experience to best help students and scholars in many areas. She embraces a collaborative approach to education and enjoys acting as a guide throughout the learning process. In addition to writing eBooks, Stephanie is always available for special requests in the BrainMass Custom Help service.

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