Thursday, June 24, 2010

MLA documentation and citation In-Text format

    MLA = English class
   APA = Psych class
   Turabian = History class
   Chicago = Economics

Part I - Sources for citations
•    Direct quotes and “re-worded ideas” from sources; show authority and validation of  thesis with examples of comments, data, facts
•    Printed source: books, magazines, journals, newspapers; may also be found online
•    Online: personal and professional sites
•    Direct: interviews – ask instructors for ideas!

Part II - Works Cited, Reference, or Bibliography pages (MLA, APA, Turabian)
•   Separate from rest of paper
•   Not counted for overall page total

•    Recipe of all sources USED/quoted
•    Alphabetical order by author/article title
• Double-spaced and 2nd-line indented

     **APA format uses "References" page instead of "Works Cited
Part III: how to cite - a source online! can help. Use this also for APA, Turabian, and Chicago style formats. (APA for psychology, Turabian for history, Chicago for economics.)

------------------------------------ What/when to cite?
•    Focus on “IS THIS IDEA WELL KNOWN TO THE *PUBLIC?” (Not just *you!) if not, don’t cite. If yes, then cite.
•    Specific relevant facts, details, ideas that are unique to the topic of the paper.
•    Direct quotes from sources/ideas of others.
•    Paraphrased/reworded concepts
•    An academic “legal right to steal ideas—just show it.”

       Beware: quotes need connections to ideas!
•    A quote must have some relevance to an idea. It has to be “attached to” or referencing something already established: a fact, a concept, an idea.
•    It should have significance that creates an established value which validates or endorses your thesis concept or the theme of the paper!


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