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MLA format, plagiarism, and sources Make sure to look at the questions for determining whether or not it is plagiarism, and look over things that do and do not need to be cited.

Times New Roman

what font do you use in MLA format?


what size font do you use?

double space

How do you space your paper?

1 inch

What size margins are you supposed to have?

last name and page number

What should the header contain?


How should the title be aligned on the page?

works cited page

What should always be included that contains citaions for sources used in the paper?

personal pronouns and contractions

What should NEVER be used in a formal paper?

primary source

a firsthand account or original material that has not been edited or interpreted by any other writer; include details only an eyewitness can provide, but they can be very subjective

primary sources

letter, speeches, interviews, diaries, autobiographies, editorials, opinions pieces, eye witness reports, public documents, and photographs are examples of what?

secondary source

contains information (usually researched from primary sources) that is retold, summarized or interpreted by another writer; it is usually written by someone who did not participate in the events, and is almost always written after the event occurs

more objective, lack detail

What are the pros and cons of a secondary source?

secondary sources

textbooks, encyclopedia articles, reference books, biographies, most newspaper and magazine articles, and literary criticism are examples of what?

fictionalized account

based on real events, but didn't actually happen

historical fiction, Julius Caesar

What is an example of a fictionalized account?


the act of taking someone else's words or ideas and presenting them as your own or without giving them proper credit

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