Easy to read check list for MLA (10mo grado clase de español EAVIA)
Easy to read check list for MLA 7th edition format presentation (Bold= Spanish instructions)
The goal of any research style is clarity of communication. “Effective writing depends as much on clarity and readability as on content” (MLA 49).
___ Title page ID block. This is an essential feature of MLA style—do not improvise! Name, Professor Name,
Class and Date. (Profesor) (Español 10mo) (2 de marzo de 2015)
___ Dates may follow US format (e.g., April 1, 2009) or universal format (1 April 2009). The preference is for the universal format. Universal en español 1 abril 2009.
___ Page numbers are required on every page. The page header is your last name. Top of the page, next to the right margin.
___ Margins. One inch 1” (2.54 cm) margins are required on all four sides of a page.
___ Text at the left margin.
___ Typeface (fonts). Must teachers require Times New Roman 12 or Arial 12. The Handbook no longer prefers underlining, neither bold, wherever you might use Italics.
___ Double-space lines throughout the text!
___ Title. The title is centered on the page. Sentence capitalization capitalizes a title as you would a sentence, capitalizing only the first word and proper nouns.
___ Indents. Indent paragraphs one-half inch.
___ Citation. MLA style uses a parenthetical form of text citation. Less than four lines put between “quotes”. Then cited. (Author Last name #page) or (Title #page). (Apellido de Autor # pág.) o (Título # pág.)
The MLA Handbook notes two basic rules to follow when citing sources:
1. “References in the text must clearly point to specific sources in the list of Works Cited.” (Gibaldi 238).
2. “Identify the location of the borrowed information as specifically as possible.” (Gibaldi 239)
What to cite? Cite significant ideas, all direct quotations, concepts, or findings borrowed or adapted from others. The MLA Handbook warns that “forms of plagiarism include the failure to give appropriate acknowledgment when repeating or paraphrasing another’s wording…” (Gibaldi 71).
What not to cite. It is generally not necessary to cite: 1) dictionary definitions of words unless the specific dictionary is relevant to the context or teacher ask for; 2) well documented
historical facts; 3) conventional knowledge or knowledge broadly shared in a discipline.
___ Block quotes are required when a quote exceeds four lines in your paper. Indent the quote one inch, paragraphs in block quotes a quarter-inch more.
Then cited. (Author Last name #page) or (Title #page). (Apellido de Autor # pág.) o (Título # pág.)
Fig.1- M & M my favorite candy. (WordPress.com) Figura 1- Mi dulce favorito M & M (WordPress.com)
___ Tables and illustrations are rare in MLA publications. The table or illustration may be sign (see Fig. 1) (véase figura 1) and mentioned in the text in cited in the
same manner as any other source and referenced in the Works Cited list at the end of the paper.
Place references on a new page under the centered heading “Works Cited” Trabajos Citados (in heading caps one inch below the top of the page just inside the top margin). Continue the page numbering from the previous page. The list of works cited it is the last part of your paper. Reference only what you cite in the text or used as reference.
The MLA Handbook instructs students to double space everything, including references.
___ Arrange references alphabetically by author, if there is no author by title (ignore A, An, The, and non-English equivalents). (Ignora los artículos: El, La, Un, Unos)
___ Use a hanging indent (French indent), with the indent one-half inch from the left margin.
___ Give authors’ full names as indicated in the publication (do not abbreviate names to initials).
___ List up to three authors to a work; with four or more authors, note the first plus “et al.” if you wish (you may reference all authors, but you must cite them all in the text as well).
___ All titles are set in heading caps (in languages other than English use sentence caps as customary in that language- español solamente la primera mayúscula y los nombres propios). Titles of articles, reports, and chapters in edited books are placed in quotes. Titles of books and volumes, and the names of journals, placed in italics.
This content was adapted August 16, 2014 to Escuela Antolina Vélez Universidad Interamericana de Aguadilla to 7th-11th grade students in “Fair Use*”. Copyright laws provide for the fair use of copyrighted material for educational purposes, reviews, and scholarship.” (Scribe), by Mrs. Carmen Amelia Acevedo, EAVIA, Librarian, from:
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