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MLA Works Cited


Correctly synthesizing and citing source information is critical for the academic scholar and critical thinker, and the ability to identify a system of discourse and reproduce the system formatting new data, especially highly detailed systems, is an ability that would lend itself well to professional settings. Within scholastic environments, understanding and using resources responsibly demonstrates credibility and banishes unintentional and intentions plagiarism.

Correct MLA usage is tedious but not difficult. The MLA student modules tackle the subject in bite-sized pieces that can be accessed limitlessly. Consider using it as a planned unit in your class or as a remediate resource. A variety of resources is included; tailor this topic to your students. This LTR module adheres to the 7th edition of the MLA style and focuses specifically on constructing works cited pages and entries that contain the necessary source information in the correct order and format.

The MLA Works Cited Student Module:

  • Identifies MLA works cited pages and entries;
  • Explains how to format works cited pages;
  • Introduces instructional resources that explain how to construct works cited entries that contain the necessary source information in the correct order;
  • Models various templates for works cited entries;
  • Explains the benefits and risk of using citation generators;
  • And connects works cited entries to corresponding in-text citations.

Outcomes and Objectives

The MLA Works Cited student module meets the following NOVA and VCCS goals and student learning outcomes:

  • NOVA General Education Goals:
    • Communication
      • Assimilate, organize, develop and present an idea formally and informally
    • Critical Thinking
      • Discriminate among degrees of credibility, accuracy and reliability of inferences drawn from given data
    • Information Literacy
      • Understand many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally

  • VCCS Developmental English Redesign Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Identify, Evaluate, Integrate and document sources properly

More Info About the MLA Works Cited Student Module

This module was developed in September 2013 by Emily Miller, Reading and Writing Center Supervisor for Annandale's LTR. Updated September 2015.

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Suggested Assignments and Assessments:

1. MLA Maneuvers PowerPoint Slides:

  • MLA Maneuvers was presented by the Adjunct Resource Committee at the Teaching English in the Two-Year College 2012 Conference and at PUP in 2012 and 2013. This selection of slides contains information, metaphorical descriptions and activities that instructors can copy into their own class PowerPoints. One fantastic use for the activities is to break up longer lectures into 15 minute sections utilizing a quick MLA based assessment or activity to reinforce content understanding and bolster student engagement.
  • Click here for PowerPoint.

2. Plagiarism in Dissertation Costs German Defense Minister His Job:

  • This article highlights how plagiarism can affect students in the real world, not just in academia.
  • Click here for article.

Use the MLA Works Cited Student Module With:

Get More Help Using the MLA Works Cited Student Module:

Students needing more help with the MLA Works Cited student module should contact the Annandale Reading & Writing Center.

  • Please visit the For Faculty tab for information on tutoring services, referring students and requesting instructional workshops.

Students needing help finding and evaluating sources should contact NOVA Libraries.

  • Faculty can schedule an instructional session with a librarian using the "Schedule Instruction" link in the "For Faculty" section of the NOVA Libraries home page.
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