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7 MLACitationguide - MLAFormat TheWritingCenter Brigham Young University This handout covers basic principles of MLA(Modern Language Association

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1 inch 1/2 inch Wendt 1 Dennis Wendt, Jr. Professor Faulconer Phil 350R, Section 1 13 April 2005 Heidegger, Hermeneutic Dialogue, and Psychotherapy In 1873 Nietzsche translated a line of ancient Greek text, attributed to Anaximander over 2600 years ago. His translation reads, “Whence things have their coming into being there they must also perish according to necessity; for they must pay a penalty and be judged for their injustice, according to the ordinance of time” (Heidegger 242). Of course, Nietzsche did not actually say this; his      MLA Format  This handout covers basic principles of MLA (Modern Language Association) format and documentation, based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers , 6th edition. For more help, refer to the Handbook (corresponding reference sections are provided in parentheses throughout this handout). General Format Use at least 1-inch margins at the left, right, top, and bottom of each page (4.3). Justify the left margin but not the right (4.1). Use a font type and size that is easy to read, such as Times New Roman, 12 pt. (4.1). Double space everything, including block quotations, references, titles, and headings (4.4). Place your last name and the page number within the top margin of each page, right- justified (4.6). Indent ½ inch to begin paragraphs (4.3). (Refer to Figure 1.) Note: To insert a page header in Microsoft Word, select View , then Header and Footer . This brings up the header box and the Header and Footer toolbar. On the top line of the header box (on any page), right-justify and type your last name followed by 1 space. Then, in the toolbar, click the left-most box with a number sign ( # ). Then click Close on the toolbar. Title and Authorship Information Your name, your instructor’s name, the course number, and the date should be placed at the top-left of the first page, double-spaced, as shown in Figure 1. Center the title on the next double-spaced line, in plain type (not bolded, italicized, underlined, or in a larger font), capitalizing the first letter of all major words. The title may occupy one or two lines, depending on its length. The main text follows on the next double-spaced line, indented ½ inch (4.5). Note: Major words refers to the first word of the title, the first word after a colon, and all other words except articles, coordinating conjunctions, prepositions, and the infinitive to (3.6.1). In-Text Citation Each use of information from another source (whether quoted, paraphrased, or summarized) must be properly documented (5.1, 6.1). Note: Refer to the handout Plagiarism for more information. Whenever possible, cite the source’s author and page number (6.1). If the author’s name is mentioned in the main text, put the page number in a parenthetical citation at the end of the sentence, after any end quotation marks but before the period (3.7.7). Example:
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course HUM 240 taught by Professor Francescalawson during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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