Exploring Plagiarism & MLA format

Mastery Objective: As a result of completing this tutorial, you will be able to list specific elements of MLA format in order to avoid plagiarism when writing your Junior English research paper.

PART 1: PLAGIARISM
  1. Go to the PURDUE OWL PLAGIARISM WEBPAGE: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/using_research/avoiding_plagiarism/is_it_plagiarism.html
    1. List the actions given that are "unquestionably plagiarism":
    2. Read through the "brief list of what needs to be credited or documented" in the "When do we give credit?" section. Write down one example:
    3. Read over the list of what DOES NOT need to be cited.  List TWO examples of "common knowledge":

PART 2: MLA FORMAT
  1. Access the SAMPLE MLA PAPER on the Purdue OWL website or open attachment below (click on downward pointing arrow at bottom of page.)
    1. Skim over the first page of this sample paper.  What does this author do that your English teachers tell you NOT to do in a formal research paper?
    2. What are the font and spacing of an MLA-formatted paper?
    3. Write the definition for a "thesis statement" given on this sample (1st green box on right side of paper):
    4. One of the first parenthetical, in-text citations in this paper is: (Danhof 5). What book is this a reference to? (Scroll down to the paper's Works Cited page.)
    5. Scroll back up through the paper and write down one of the parenthetical, in-text citations from the book:  Century of Service: The First 100 Years of the United States Department of Agriculture:
    6. Write down what the parenthetical, in-text citation would be for one of the Web sources used (since part of the paper has been omitted, you will not find examples in it):
    7. The current version of MLA says not to include URLs for web sources in your Works Cited page unless your teacher tells you to.  Does your teacher want you to include the URL in your citations?   


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