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MLA Formatting Handbook Each task you turn in will need to be formatted in either APA or MLA format. This section will provide some information on citing your sources and provide practice for these skills. Formatting your references list and annotated bibliography in MLA format Works cited pages employ a hanging indent. This means that the first line of a reference­list entry starts at the left margin, but subsequent lines of that same entry are indented just as far as the first line of a paragraph would be (often a half inch). Word processors make hanging indents easy, so don't be tempted to format each line manually by using the return key and the tab button. In-text references: Patterns for in-text references The reference list is helpful on its own, but it is only the corresponding in­text references that really connect sources to the content of a paper itself. In­text references, known collectively as parenthetical documentation, are used within one's research paper to signify that the ideas and information presented have been taken from an outside source, either through paraphrase or quotation. For sources with one or two authors, include the last name of each author in the reference. In­text references of one­author works. Citing a work with one author is the simplest of all in­text reference formats: The citation above consists of the author's last name and the page number that the information comes from contained within a set of parentheses. Copyright © 2015 MindEdge Inc. All rights reserved. Duplication prohibited. Some alternative methods for tracking scholarship's influence have been suggested (Aguillo 36).
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You might also include the author's name in the sentence, in which case you would not need to include the author's name in a parenthetical citation. The sentence below exemplifies this method of citing author and year. Sometimes, you may need to cite a website with an organizational author. Since the website doesn't have page numbers, you don't need to provide them. In­text references of works by authors with the same last name. When sources are written by authors with the same last name—even if the years of publication differ—include one or two initials to distinguish them: In­text references of works with two authors. When two authors have written a source, mention both names in either running text or parenthetical references: For sources with three or more authors you may list all authors, or you may abbreviate the list. Aguillo suggested some alternative methods for tracking scholarship's influence (36). "Besides prescribing these legal limits, EPA rules set water­testing schedules and methods that water systems must follow" (United States Environmental Protection Agency).
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