Persuasive Writing Lesson 1

Persuasive Writing Lesson 1 - The MLA has endorsed a system...

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The MLA has endorsed a system that has become very popular today. It calls for in-text citations rather than footnotes . Each of the citations gives only a very limited amount of information, listed in parentheses right after the quotation, fact, or idea that is being cited at that point in the paper. The reason so little information is given is that all papers including research must also have a bibliography at the very end that lists details about all sources. Therefore, the reader interested in more information can check the bibliography. Parenthetical Documentation It is essential that all information in writing cites the original source. This act of documentation is important because it shows that the writer did appropriate research and is not plagiarizing . Any time a writer uses an idea that he did not think of on his own, he must cite it. For every citation there should be a matching bibliographic entry on a bibliography, works cited, or works consulted page. There are two ways to show this documentation: Option 1: Place the last name of the author and the page number that the information came from at the end of the idea. Example : "Ninety-five percent of professional educators agreed that censorship is unconstitutional" (Cluff 24). Notice : There is no punctuation before the citation or within the citation. Option 2: Include the name of the author and either the title of the article or the author and his credentials as a source and then simply place the page number in parenthesis at the end of the sentence. Example : As John Cluff, a researcher at Arizona State University , stated, "Ninety-five percent of educators agreed that censorship is unconstitutional" (24). Special Documentation Cases: 1. Articles with no author-Use first key word in the title and put a page number. Book (Horizons 5). Magazine (" Insurers Pass " 27). 2. Two or three authors (Dyer and Foresman 34). (Dwight, Jones, and Noble 18). 3. Four or more authors-use last name of first author listed. (Manely et al. 67).
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