MLA Style refers to a set of standards for writing and documentation that writers use to find and evaluate information, credit their sources, and shape the expression of their ideas in conversation with others. It is most commonly used to cite sources within the language arts, cultural studies, and other humanities disciplines. MLA Style is not just about citing style; it is about writing style.
MLA = Modern Language Association
NOTE *Different instructors’ assignments will vary. Although this libguide follows MLA Style 9th ed., your instructor may require something different. Be sure to check with your instructor for assignment instructions.
A thesis statement:
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Plagiarism is when someone tries to pass someone else's work or ideas off as their own without properly crediting the original source. Plagiarism is not against the law; however, it is an ethical violation. While typically discussed most in academic institutions and resulting in consequences from receiving a failing grade to the revocation of a degree, it also carries consequences in the professional world.
Copyright infringement is illegal. When someone uses someone else's work without authorization from the copyright owner or an applicable exception in the copyright law, there can be significant legal consequences, including injunctions, monetary damages, and in extreme instances criminal penalties.
Standardize the capitalization of titles. Capitalize each word except for articles like the, an, or, of (unless they are the first word of the title or subtitle).
Put quotation marks around the title if they are part of a larger source like, e.g. a journal article, chapter title, or a short story in a collection.
Italicize titles of larger or self-contained works, e.g. book titles, movie titles.
Italicize the title of any work that would normally be self-contained but appears in a collection and follow it by the italicized title of a collection, e.g. a novel that appears in a collection of an author's complete works.
Italicize titles of databases and journals.
Series names are not italicized or put in quotation marks.
Inclusive language has the purpose of ensuring that communication, written or spoken, does not discriminate against groups of people in the community. Discrimination can range from exclusion to derogatory comments and can be based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other perceived differences.
"Often disparaged as ‘political correctness’, inclusive language in fact seeks to redress imbalances in spoken and written communication; instead of assuming the readers of a text or the audience of a speech are a homogenous group, inclusive language embraces diversity."
Writers typically use MLA style for humanities, which uses a SUBJECTIVE TONE with a thesis statement.
The Subjective tone includes:
This is a checklist/set of questions and then examples.
In using inclusive language, it is useful to keep the following generic questions in mind:
Do you need to refer to personal characteristics such as sex, religion, racial group, disability, or age at all?
Are the references to group characteristics couched in inclusive terms?
Do the references to people reflect the diversity of that audience?
Is your use of jargon and acronyms (J&A’s) excluding people who may not have specialized knowledge of a particular subject?
Inclusive language does not mean cumbersome, dull, or vague language; it simply means language that has been carefully constructed in ways that treat all people with respect and impartiality.