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English 1A - Immigration: MLA Citation

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MLA Handbook

The MLA Handbook is the offical guide of MLA citation formatting. You can find the manual at the reference desk and in the reference section of the library's collection.


Call Number: LB 2369. G53 2009

MLA example

Click the image for an informative example of a research paper with explanations of MLA formatting:

More Questions? MLA Resources

Diana Hacker's MLA Style: sample MLA paper has extensive information on in-text citation and creating a works cited list.

The Purdue OWL MLA Formattting and Style Guide is another helpful resource for MLA citation. Pages provides information about citing (giving credit for any quotes, facts, paraphrases, or summaries in your paper). Check here for help with your works cited page (bibliography page).



Works Cited Page






The last page of your essay is called the "Works Cited" page. This is where you list the full citation of your sources in MLA format.



This page will help you create a "Works Cited" page.


MLA Format: Works Cited

When you use outside sources, you will need to create a works cited list that tells your reader all the information they need to go find the source themselves if they want to.  Commonly used sources include:


General Format:

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.


Gardner, Howard.  Five Minds for the Future.  Boston, MA:  Harvard Business School Press, 2006. Print.


General Format:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.



Walker, Kyle E., and Helga Leitner. "The variegated landscape of local immigration policies in the United States."

          Urban geography 32.2 (2011): 156-178. Academic Search Premier. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.


Genreral Format

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated

          with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.


"History of Project Zero."  Project Zero.  School of Education, Harvard University.  2010.  Web.  15 Apr. 2010.

For more inforation and sample papers see Skyline College MLA Citation Style

  MLA Format: In-Text Citation

When you use outside sources, you want to 1)  introduce them to the reader, 2) indicate a page number when applicable, and 3) show how this quote relates to what you are trying to say.

According to Howard Gardner the synthesizing mind is important for "selecting crucial information from the copious amounts of information available" (154).  In my experience it is difficult to know which information is crucial.

Longer quotes should be indented.

Howard Gardner argues that schools should cultivate all 5 minds for the future:

It is up to the educational system as a whole -- the educational systems in the broadest sense -- to ensure that the ensemble of minds is cultivated.  In one sense, this is a job of synthesis--making sure that all five kinds of minds are developed.  But equally, it is an ethical obligation:  in the years ahead, societies will not survive--let along thrive--unless as citizens we respect and culitvat ethe quintet of minds valorized here.  (165)

It is important to non emphasize to much one mind over the other, but the different qualities they bring and how they work together.