The basic elements of MLA formatting for research papers

Video’s description: Basic MLA Research Paper

Here are the rules of the paper that comes from the University of Purdue and this is a wonderful website. You can find it very quickly by typing owl into Google. Actually the entry for an owl on Wikipedia doesn’t come up first. That’s quite amazing! It’s a wonderful resource and it will show you all of the details, clarifications, and variations on using MLA formatting.

So this is the top of your paper and you can see here that your name on the left-hand side flush with the left margin should be followed by the instructors name, the course, and the date. In what we could call european-style the day, the month, and the year. This should be double-spaced. So the format exactly how you see it here.

You’ll see in the top right hand corner the last name of the author of the paper. They are followed by the page number and that should appear on every page in your document. And then the last part of this sort of title aspect here is the title itself and that is centered and you can see here.

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Toward a recovery of 19th century farming handbooks (look at the picture above).

A delightful topic is centered. Basically just a space above the actual beginning of the text. So format your paper like that with a page number, your last name, and the number, the title piece.

Here with your name, the instructor, the course, and the year, and then your title centered.

Notice, of course, it goes without saying, that the paper, the text, the paper itself is double-spaced.

Usages of MLA in-text citation and the work cited at the end of the paper.

We get the first usage of an in-text citation. And looking forward here’s a good example to use. we have Danhof 5.

Now this is the basic language of MLA citation. We have the last name of the author or at minimum the last name of the person who is being cited in the sentence. And the page number that it appears on 5. So we want to avoid using a comma. We want to avoid using P or PG; it’s just the last name and the number. That’s the basic language and then the basic formatting is to have the period right here outside the parentheses. And the end quote with the words that are being quoted. So essentially you’re going to finish your quotation you’re going to insert a space; you’re going to have a parenthesis followed by the last name of the author. Space the number no P no PG, no comma-just the number, then the parenthesis and the period outside the parenthesis.

“substantial increase in [ a farmer’s] ability to earn income” (Danhov 5)

So essentially this period is the period of this sentence that was just written. You don’t need to end your quotation with a period or your sentence with a period. Put the period outside the parentheses that indicates that this citation Danhof 5 refers to the previous sentence. So if you think of this is the basic format and think of some variations on this then you should be able to avoid a lot of mistakes.

Works Cited

Now we’ll stop right here and go all the way back to the works cited at the end of the paper and see how Danhof relates to what comes at the end of the paper. We want to think about this citation Danhof 5. It is a kind of primitive hyperlink that is you know we could almost click on Danhof and it would take us all the way to the bottom of the page and in fact this is what happens when you click on endnote or a citation in Wikipedia.