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PSY 2012, PSY 2930 & SOP 2772 Psychology courses, Professor Harris: The MLA Research Paper

This Library Guide is an instruction companion for Professor Harris' Psychology & Human Sexuality courses.

MLA Sample Research Papers

Here are sample MLA research papers to illustrate the MLA 7th edition guidelines.

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What is MLA?

Modern Language Association (MLA) style requires the writer to document their sources in two connected, equally important ways.

  1. Within the body of the paper, you need to use parenthetical documentation.
    Below is an example parenthetical citation using your course textbook.

    (Author's name & page #) = (King 265)

  2. At the end of hte paper, you need to provide a "Works Cited" page.  A list of the sources you used in your paper.
    Below is an example citation using your course textbook.  (Note that the book title is in italics)

    King, Laura. The Science of Psychology: An appreciative view. New York: McGraw Hill, 2011. Print.

What is MLA? (Atomic Learning Video)

Formatting your Works Cited page (Atomic Learning Video)

Tips for Citing

At Polk State College Libraries, Winter Haven and Lakeland campuses, we have take home guides, books and online resources to help you cite correctly.  Please visit us online or in person to access them.

Basic Rules for citing in MLA

Alphabetize citation list. Do not consider A, An or The at the beginning of a title.

Double space work cited page.

Italicize titles, including any subtitle(s).

Capitalize words First, Last and all Principal words in titles.

Article or books without an author or editor, begin the entry with the title.

Create hanging indents for records longer than one line. (keyboard shortcut: Control + T)

Online sources: citations include publication date for source and the date you accessed them (keep track of dates you visit web sites)

Abbreviating in-text citations

When working on Professor Harris' research paper assignments, in-text abbreviations will be abbreviated after the first appearance in the research paper.

For instance, (Jones, Harris & Young 19) would be used for the first in-text reference to this article. All subsequent appearances in the paper would then be abbreviated to (Jones19). This will be done to give you more opportunity as a writer to get your point accross and still stay within the 1,000 or 2,000 word limit for your research assignment.

Free Online Citation Tools

Easybib - EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. (Free MLA, registration required for APA & Chicago.)

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