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Chemistry: MLA Citation Format

MLA 8 Guides

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) Answers all MLA Questions! Scroll down for specific sections...

MLA 8 Format, Citations, In-Text Citations

Model Signal Phrases

When reading an article you need to summarize, ask yourself and take bullet-point notes:

Who? Where? When? What? Why?

...and answer them in your own words!

Check & Double-Check Your MLA Paper

See HERE for a the EE IB-submitted Requirements

  1. Is the heading in the upper left-hand corner of the first page
  2. Does the heading include:
    1. Your name?
    2. Your instructor's name?
    3. The date?
  3. Does the paper have an original title (other than something like Final Paper)?
    1. Is the title presented without bold, italicized, larger, or different font, or placed in quotation marks?
  4. Does the paper have 1" margins on all sides?
  5. Is the entire paper written in Times New Roman or Calibri 12-pt. font?
  6. Is everything double-spaced, including Table of Contents and Works Cited page?
  7. Are your last name and the page number in the upper right-hand corner of each page (0.5" from the top or inserted using the "header" function in Word)?
  8. If you've used outside sources, do you have a bibliography page?
    1. Titled Works Cited, centered, not in quotation marks?
    2. Does it have a page number?
    3. Is it the last page of your paper, after any notes and appendices?
  9. Are the entries in your list of works cited in alphabetical order by the author's last name, or if no author, by the next entry--usually the title?
    1. Does each source have an entry in the works cited page?
    2. Are all direct quotes in quotation marks?
    3. Do all paraphrases and summaries clearly indicate that they come from other sources using an in-text citation?
    4. Does each in-text reference include a parenthetical citation that includes the author's last name (unless it is obvious from the context of the sentence who you are referencing) and the page number from which the information was taken (if a source with page numbers)?
    5. If a quotation is 4 lines or more, is it block-quoted? (double-spaced, indented 1 linch from the left margin)
    6. Have you clearly indicated where you found all the information you did not previously know?
    7. Does the paper follow MLA 8 format?

Based  on Janechek, Writing  Commons

What if I am using Footnotes instead (not MLA and not CSE)?


IB Ethical Practice

Ethical Practice in the IB Programme

  1. Directly quoting another person’s actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.