The Modern Language Association style manual for example, its widely used in the humanities (literature, philosophy, history) and is the most popular manual in high school and college writing courses
Always place _______ on a separate page. Have continuing header and page number (same font throughout).
Have ________ centered on top line.
Each new entry is formatted as a hanging indent, always. Do not use numbers, but arrange alphabetically by author's last name. If there is no author, then list by the title.
Book is italicized and article is in quotation marks.
For paraphrased material or direct quotes, the period is after the __________ . There is only ONE period. "Beowulf was the most eager for fame" (Keeping 49). If the quotation is more than 4 lines, the words are all indented the same and the period is before the _____________. (4+lines. (keeping 49) NO PERIOD AFTER!
Quote (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, esp. in a scholarly work
The omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are unnecessary or able to be understood from contextual clues. An ellipsis ( . . . ) is three periods with a space before and after each one.
The _________ is a reptition of the exact phrasing that is well-known or explicitly attributed.
If a quotation is four typed lines or fewer, work it into the body of your paper and put quotation marks around it. It may be a good idea to begin with a signal phrase: i.e. Dr. Lawrence asserts, "..."
Quotations of more than four typed lines should be set off from the rest of the writing by indenting each line 10 spaces and double-spacing the material.
If you want to leave out part of the quotation, use an _______ to signify the omission. An _______ ( . . . ) is three periods with a space before and after each one.
Are there any exceptions to the double space guidelines?
No, and there are no extra lines before or after the title
All complete works are either
Italicized or underlined. Whichever method used, be consistent throughout.
what does the comment written "How do you support this claim" mean?
You can't just put your opinion, or what it most likely is. If you can't "show support form the text" (i.e., prove it with a direct quote from whatever is being read) or use an authoritative source such as a subscription database then the claim should be deleted. Your source should be as a parenthetical reference and also must appear in the Works Cited
What is an absolute evaluation?
commentary: never, always, the most . . . . Absolutes usually make the reader defensive in refuting your claim. Avoid absolutes.
Not underlined or italicized unless book title. 12 or 14 point font, bold only if 12 font
Divide, not one mammoth paragraph. A clear thesis statement, usually at the beginning
How to used numbers correctly in a sentence
numbers from one to nineteen are usually written as words; numbers 20 and over are usually written as numbers
a comprehensive and usually brief review of previously state information. A ____ provides no new information or perspectives
How do I support a thesis statement?
Direct quotations, Summaries, Paraphrasing, Other critics' opinions, Historical and social context
What is a secondary Source?
1.) A book or article that discusses the text you are discussing
2.) A book or article that discusses a theory related to the argument you are making
3.) A book or article that discusses the social and historical context of the text you are discussing
What is a scholastic or peer-reviewed article?
Academically approved articles. Use the school databases. Do not use the internet for your academic research!
value of secondary sources
When you use ____________(s), be sure to show how they relate to your thesis.
Don't overuse any one ___________, or for that matter, secondary sources in general
Remember that this is your paper, your argument - the secondary sources are just helping you out
Never, never, never plagiarize!
Style and Academic writing
_______ writing is FORMAL, not casual or informal.
Do not use first person point of view: I, me, we, our, us, etc.
NEVER use second person point of view: you, your, etc
First and Second person
the pronouns (I, me, my; we, us, our; you, your) really don't belong in the most formal academic writing. Directly addressing the reader changes the dynamic of the essay or paper.