Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.
Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks.
Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.
In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text.
Double space again and center the title. Feel free to underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation mark; embellish for grabbing the reader's attention.
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.
The author's name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation.
You don't have to use the author's name at all if you sight the title of the work.
Quotation marks are used only if the author was speaking in the original source.
As long as the page numbers are listed on the Works Cited, you don't have to list them in the body of the essay.
Words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, Web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium.
Information you gain through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing.
You copy the exact words or a unique phrase of another.
You reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials.
You reuse or repost any electronically-available media, including images, audio, video, or other media.
You are using "common knowledge," things like folklore, common sense observations, myths, urban legends, and historical events (but not historical documents)
You are using generally-accepted facts, e.g., pollution is bad for the environment, including facts that are accepted within particular discourse communities, e.g., in the field of composition studies, "writing is a process" is a generally-accepted fact.
Knossos is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. "[It was] one of the first cities on European soil, a centre which radiated the light of one of the most brilliant civilizations of Greek and European prehistory – Minoan civilization." It was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos who uncovered a portion of author western storerooms. When he donated a few large "pithoi" (large storage jars) to museums in Europe, he got the attention of A.J. Evans, a well-funded British archaeologist, who bought the site after Crete was liberated from the Turks in 1900. The excavations that would take place from 1900 to 1902 would reveal one of the most billion civilizations of ancient times - the Minoans.
The city of Knossos is one of the major archaeological sites in Greece and attracts many visitors each year. This is because of the famous stories of King Minos, Theseus, the Minotaur and Ariadne. It was one of the first cities on European soil and was the center of one of the most brilliant Greek civilizations - the Minoans. From what remains of this city, the foundation, a few walls, fragments of frescoes, pithoi, fallen stones from columns we can learn much about the splendour of this great ancient civilization.
Knossos, an ancient city on the Island of Crete, holds the secrets to one of the most fascinating civilization of the ancient world. Stories of King Minos, Theseus and Ariadne with her ball of string have long fascinated visitors. While archaeologists have never found a labyrinth, they have found rooms, halls, courts, frescoes, thrones, jewelry and storage jars which have revealed much about the ancient lifestyle of the Minoans.
Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation.
You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers based on your Web browser’s print preview function.
Unless you must list the website name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, like CNN.com or Forbes.com.
Short quotations are fewer than two typed lines of prose or three lines of verse.
Enclose the quotation within double quotation marks.
Punctuation marks such as periods, commas, and semicolons should appear after the parenthetical citation.
Question marks and exclamation points should appear within the quotation marks if they are a part of the quoted passage but after the parenthetical citation if they are a part of your text.
Long quotes extend to more than four lines of verse or prose
Omit quotation marks.
Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented one inch from the left margin.
Change to single-spacing.
Your parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark.
Author's last name, first name middle initial (followed by a period)
Title of Book (in italics and followed by a period)
City of Publication (followed by a colon)
Name of Publisher (followed by a comma)
Year of Publication (followed by a period)
Medium of Publication (followed by a period)
Format the Works Cited page with one-inch margins (and same headings, margins and numbering used in previous pages.
Center the words — Works Cited (no italics or quotation marks)
Double spaced and use a hanging indent for all lines after the first for each entry.
For each entry, use italics instead of underlining for larger works such as books and magazines, quotation marks for smaller works such as articles and poems, and at the end include Medium of Publication: DVD, Print, CD, Web.
Include the web address at the end of each entry obtained off the Internet.
Jayson Blair: 36 of the 73 national news stories written by him for the New York Times included plagiarized quotes or were made up.Forced to resign from the New York Times. The executive editor and managing editor also resigned shortly after Blair.
An Ohio University student was charged with plagiarizing a paper because she didn’t cite or paraphrase correctly. Expelled from the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. She was forced to disembark early and go home.
Kaavya Viswanathan: Her novel, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, had too many similarities to novels by Megan McCafferty, Salman Rushdie, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and Tanuja Desai Hidier. Her book was pulled from publication after the plagiarism was discovered. Her book and movie deals were dropped. Because the novel was not part of her academic work, Harvard took no action against the sophomore.
Janet Cooke: Fabricated parts of her story for the Washington Post that was nominated for and won the Pulitzer prize. Resigned and returned her Pulitzer Prize.