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MLA Documentation for Research Papers--Purpose A reader who is interested in exploring a subject wants to read not only your paper but also the material you used in your paper. Why? Readers want to examine your sources to see if you missed anything, to see if they interpret the material the same way you do, or to see if your sources help them to come up with more new ideas. This is the way knowledge gets built on. This is the reason we need computers to store all the new knowledge we create.
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MLA Documentation for Research Papers—Two Main Features The MLA (Modern Language Association) format for showing where information in a paper came from is one of many methods. It uses two features: a citation in the body of the paper linked by a signal phrase and/or a parenthetical in-text citation to a reference on the Works Cited page at the end of the paper.
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Citation in the Body of the Paper Citation in the body of the paper must be done whenever you are taking words from another source (quoting) and also whenever you are taking ideas from another source and putting them into your own words (paraphrasing).
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Signal Phrase A signal phrase lets readers know that you are about to use words or ideas that are not your own – often by naming the author or the title of the source: David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen insist that “no
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ENG 100 taught by Professor Christopherkelsey during the Fall '09 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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MLAReview - MLA Documentation for Research Papers-Purpose A...

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