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Research: MLA Formatting and Annotated Bibliography

Research: MLA Formatting and Annotated Bibliography

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Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation (CCSS.ELA.W.8.8).


SWBAT create topic questions for research related to their future career or college goals. 

SWBAT identify the guidelines for and practice citations in MLA format.

SWBAT interpret and cite sources of research by creating an annotated bibliography in MLA format.

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Why Do We Cite Sources Using MLA Format?

MLA style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. It includes both in-text and works cited references.  

Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material. 

Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers (Purdue). 

Source: "MLA General Format." Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Purdue University Online Writing Lab, 2016. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

MLA Format: The basic guidelines

MLA format MUST have:

1 inch margins
double spaced
12 point font
Times New Roman Font
first line indent (.5 inches)
Header with: name, teacher, class, date (day, month, year)

Source: OWLPurdue. "Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting - The Basics." YouTube. YouTube, 31 Jan. 2012. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

Annotated Bibliography Resources

Depending on the purpose of your bibliography, some annotations may summarize, some may assess or evaluate a source, and some may reflect on the source’s possible uses for the project at hand. Some annotations may address all three of these steps. 

Please keep in mind that all your text, including the write-up beneath the citation, must be indented so that the author's last name is the only text that is flush left.

Source: Engle, Michael. "How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography." The Annotated Bibliography. Cornell University, 8 Dec. 2015. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

Annotated Bibliography sample (MLA)

12 point, Times New Roman font
Double spaced
.5 inch hanging indent
Title: Annotated Bibliography


Source: "Annotated Bibliography Samples." Purdue OWL: Annotated Bibliographies. Purdue University, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

MLA Citations:

Source: "EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer." EasyBib. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

Citing Resources Response

What is the purpose of an annotated bibliography? Why do we cite our sources? What are the benefits?

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