Watch and learn how to format your works cited page in MLA
MLA Citation Style can be very confusing and intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. In this video, I explain how to write in-text citations, and works cited entries.
MLA Formatting Style
MLA (Modern Language Association) style, which is used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.
1. In MLA, there has to be a writer’s surname and a page number in the right upper corner of each page. This header has to be flush right.
2. There is no title page in MLA. The paper begins with a section on the left which contains information about the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course number, and the date of the paper. Do not violate this order!
3. This section should be flush left, double-spaced.
4. Begin the title of the paper from the next line.
5. It has to be centered, not underlined, not italicized, not placed in quotation marks (unless you refer to other works in your title such as books, articles, films etc.).
6. The Title Case has to be used for the title.
What you should know about APA formating style, the basic features
This video is based on the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It explains what do with works by more than one author in the text of your paper and in your Reference List and when to use "et al.".
APA In-text citation in minutes
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In this short tutorial, viewers will learn how to set up page two of an APA formatted paper.
APA (American Psychological Association) is an author/date based style, where emphasis is placed on the author and the date of a piece of work to uniquely identify it. APA is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences
This is a video demonstrating how to set up your academic paper in Microsoft Word 2013.
What is the first step of research paper writing? Preparing an outline for the paper. If you have a research outline ready before writing, you will be able to effectively organize and present all the information and ideas you collected during your research
Want to become a better writer? In this video, I will share 29 and quick tips that will improve writing in formal and academic settings. If you're in college or university or plan to study overseas, this video is for you! Enjoy
The information below applies to the majority of cases, but exceptions are possible. For example, we prompt you to avoid Passive Voice, which though doesn't mean that it cannot be used at all. This is true for the rest of the rules listed below.
Grammar, punctuation, syntax:
• Make only one space after commas, periods, semi-colons and colons.
• Understand the meaning and use of the definite article (the) and the indefinite article (a, an).
• Do not use exclamation marks.
• Do not capitalize common nouns.
• Make sure all verbs agree with their subject in number (singular and plural).
• Make sure all prepositions agree with the verb (in English, most verbs have only one or two prepositions that can be used (results in, not results to).
• Check all spellings.
• Check punctuation: do not leave out any commas.
• Check that all adverbs are in the right place (you cannot put an adverb inside an infinitive verb like this: He tried to neatly write his name.)
• Use a hyphen for compound words such as stress-free.
Though English is not a hard language to learn it is full of subtle peculiarities that gain tremendous gravity when we speak about formal writing. It is therefore quite easy to make a sentence or the whole paper be, as we call it, awkward or sound primitively. Usually, the editors or the quality control team send you a note where they state that the paper reads awkward or you tend to have primitive statements. This means that definite sentences in your paper did not work well. This guide will shed light into the topic of primitivity and awkwardness in writing, and explain what exactly did not go well, and what exactly was awkward.
Awkwardness in writing is a tendency to make your writing confusing and uncomfortable to read. Such awkward sentence or a paper makes the reader guess what exactly did the writer mean, which breaks the integrity of reading and the impression your writing makes. In order to avoid that, the writer should be aware of the following concepts:
This guide will help you understand the difference between thesis and purpose statements. When it comes to writing an essay the key idea to remember is this: usually, it is not advised to have a statement of purpose within a paper. However, you can use purpose statements as the first sentence of an essay sometimes. Purpose statements also work well in abstracts. Occasionally, you can use purpose statements as a thesis statement in scientific and heavily-research based papers.
In short, formal English is used in writing essays, cover letters to apply for jobs, or emails and letters at work. Informal English is used in every day communication with friends and relatives. Informal English includes various terms and expressions that are not used by the majority of English speakers. Speaking of informal English we mean colloquialisms, jargon and slang.
The rule of thumb to remember: a sentence subject must agree with the verb of the sentence in number (singular or plural) and person (1st, 2nd or 3rd person).
Example of subject-verb disagreement:
He are my favorite writer.
• The subject: He (singular)
• The verb: are (plural)
In this example, the verb and the subject disagree in number. It is a common mistake especially for ESL writers, which is very easy to avoid.
The following short manual will provide several hints useful to properly and effectively paraphrase.
1) Alternating Active and Passive Forms. The ability to alternate between active and passive structures is an extremely useful paraphrasing technique. There are, of course, situations in which the passive is preferred to the active:
• When the performer of the action is not known.
• When the performer of the action is not important.
• When the performer of the action is perfectly obvious.
• When the performer of the action refers to the writer