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Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016 URL: http://libguides.sunyorange.edu/OCCCMLA Print Guide RSS Updates

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How do I format my paper?

This is EXCELLENT and SHORT video on setting up your paper. If you rather just look at a sample Modern Language Association (MLA) style paper, click on the links under the "Useful Links" heading. 

 

What is a Works Cited Page?

A Works Cited page is a double-spaced, 12 pt, Times New Roman font list of the sources (encyclopedia entries, articles, websites, etc.) that you used to support your arguments in your paper. Each type of source has a slightly different format, and the format is determined by the Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines.

The Humanities (English, Literature, History, Religion and Philosophy) generally use the MLA format style while the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Technology) generally use APA format (which is covered in another Library Research Guide).

Any paper in which you used sources must be cited both internally (within the text of your paper) and in your Works Cited page at the end of your paper. See the in-text/ Internal Citations link under "Useful Links" for details on this.  If you do not do this, you may be accused of plagiarism (stealing someone else's ideas), and the consequences can range from receiving a "0" on a paper to failing an entire course.

Even if you paraphrase (put information in your own words), you still MUST CREDIT another person's ideas to avoid plagiarism. 

Useful Links

  • MLA Sample Paper
    Purdue OWL's sample paper
  • In-text (Internal) Citations
    Having trouble with citing within the body of your paper. Read through Purdue OWL's "MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics."
  • Purdue OWL MLA Help
    This is an excellent source for help with MLA citations. It includes citation formats, sample papers, and explains the whole paper writing process with examples!
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