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11th Grade Religion Project: MLA 8 & Noodle Tools

NoodleTools

Add the URL to every citation you create in NoodleTools (This will store a live link to every source you add with the exception of print books.). 

MLA 8 Using the Purdue OWL

When deciding how to cite your source, start by consulting the list of core elements. These are the general pieces of information that MLA suggests including in each Works Cited entry. In a citation, the elements should be listed in the following order:

Author.

Begin the entry with the author’s last name, followed by a comma and the rest of the name, as presented in the work. End this element with a period.

Title of source.

The title of the source should follow the author’s name. Depending upon the type of source, it should be listed in italics or "quotation marks." 

A book should be in italics:

Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. MacMurray, 1999.  

A website should be in italics:

Lundman, Susan. "How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow, www.ehow.com/how_10727_make-vegetarian-chili.html.*

A periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper) article should be in quotation marks:

Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.

A song or piece of music on an album should be in quotation marks:

Beyoncé. "Pray You Catch Me." Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016, www.beyonce.com/album/lemonade-visual-album/.

Title of container,

MLA 8 refers to containers, which are the larger wholes in which the source is located. For example, if you want to cite a poem that is listed in a collection of poems, the individual poem is the source, while the larger collection is the container. The title of the container is usually italicized and followed by a comma, since the information that follows next describes the container.

Other contributors, 

In addition to the author, there may be other contributors to the source who should be credited, such as editors, illustrators, translators, etc. If their contributions are relevant to your research, or necessary to identify the source, include their names in your documentation.

Version,

If a source is listed as an edition or version of a work, include it in your citation.

examples:

3rd ed., 

Authorized King James Version

Number,

If a source is part of a numbered sequence, such as a multi-volume book, or journal with both volume and issue numbers, those numbers must be listed in your citation.

Journal example:

vol. 15, no. 1,

Multivolume book:

When citing only one volume of a multivolume work, include the volume number after the work's title, or after the work's editor or translator.

Quintilian, James. Institutio Oratoria. Translated by H. E. Butler, vol. 2, Loeb-Harvard UP, 1980. 

Publisher,

The publisher produces or distributes the source to the public.

Publication date,

When the source has more than one date, use the most recent date.

Location. (Only use the city of publication if the book was published before 1900)

Each element should be followed by the punctuation mark shown above. In MLA 8 punctuation is simpler (just commas and periods separate the elements), and information about the source is kept to the basics.

 

The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2016.

First Page of Your Paper

Formatting the First Page of Your Paper

  • In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date, use double-spaced text.
  • Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters.
  • Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in "After Apple Picking"
  • Double space between the title and the first line of the text.
  • Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor or other readers may ask that you omit last name/page number header on your first page. Always follow instructor guidelines.)

Sample of the first page of a paper in MLA style: