Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

Period 3 – Ms. Shockness’ ENG4U Class

So, you’re back Grade 12s!

We’ll be going over MLA Citation today, as you prepare to write your ISU essays!

Here’s some links that will come in handy.

MLA Citation

For your ENG4U class [and all your previous English courses], you use the MLA Citation guide to generate your Works Cited list and to create your Parenthetical Citations.

We’ll review the rules for MLA Citation, including how to create a proper Works Cited list.



Integrating Quotations

Integrating a quotation into your writing is a fairly important part of the writing process. Keep in mind, that different teachers will have different preferences when it comes to this. OWL @ Purdue has information about how quotations should be best formatted using the MLA.

I always advise to consider the following:

  • Length of Quotation
    • Very long quotes should be placed in a free-standing block of text and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented 1/2 inch from the left margin while maintaining double-spacing. Your parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark. When quoting verse, maintain original line breaks.
  • Your Sentence and Paragraph Structure
    • Quotations are generally best received when integrated within your writing structure. This maintains your writer’s voice and allows your reader to read unimpeded.
  • Adjustment for Brevity and Truncation
    • Sometimes you need to shorten a quotation, or remove parts in the middle that make the quote too long. As long as you’re not removing words/phrases to change its meaning, it’s fine! Just use ellipses [three dotes . . . ] to show that there were originally words in the quotation that you’ve removed. If you need to change a word to match your sentence structure, use a Square Bracket around what was changed. For example, this could be used to change “I” or “he” to [Macbeth]

This PDF from Thompson Rivers University should help too.