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How To Make A Powerpoint In Mla Format

How to Make a Powerpoint in Mla Format

Before I give you some useful tips on how to make a PowerPoint in MLA format, allow me to run you through briefly on the MLA format and the importance of having accurate and correct citations in your presentation.

The MLA format

MLA is an acronym for Modern Language Association and this format of citations is commonly in multiple areas of academia especially in humanities. While the basic MLA formatting style is discussed in this article, you must remember to check for any new updates as these happen from time to time.

Another important point to note you must check your instruction prompt given by your professor to see if any deviations from the MLA format are required in the paper. If yes, then you must strictly follow your professor's instructions as he or she will be grading your paper.

Ideally, an MLA-formatted paper does not require a title page. However, please check your teacher's prompt and see if he or she has specifically asked for the title page. Then you must include it in your paper.

In the upper left-hand corner of the first page of your paper, you will write your full name, the name of your instructor, the name of your college, the name of your course, and the date one below the other with double spacing (double spacing is used throughout the MLA-formatted paper).

Your last name and the page number will come on the upper right-hand corner of the page. Again, check with your teacher's prompt of the page number has to start from the first page or from the second page and follow his or her instructions.

The title of the paper should be centered. MLA formatting usually does not insist on any kind of italicizing or making it bold or underlining effects. The only place where italicizing is instated by MLA is when you are citing a specific publication. Otherwise, as per standard MLA practice, these font effects should not be used.

In-Text Citations

In-text citations are important so that your teacher can clearly discern between your work and the work of someone else. Moreover, in-text citations are an absolute necessity to avoid getting charged for plagiarism. Not taking credit for someone else's work and giving outside sources due credit is an essential aspect of academic writing.

In in-text citations, you must include two things; the author's name and the page number. There are two ways of making in-text citations. I have used some examples to illustrate these two types.

  • Type I- According to [author's name], the MLA format works better than the APA format in humanities [page number]

  • Type II – The MLA format works better than the APA format in humanities [author name, page number]

In the first type, the author name is included in the text and hence the parenthesis has only the page number. In the second type, since the author's name is not included in the text, the parenthesis should have both the name and the page number.

Works Cited Page in MLA Format

The Works Cited page is the last page of your paper. While some students use "Literature Cited" or "Bibliography" as the title of this page, "Works Cited" is the most appropriate as per MLA requirements. However, you can check for the instruction prompt and follow that strictly.

The number of this page will be the next consecutive number after the last page of your paper. For example, if your paper has 12 pages of written and then you are making the "Works Cited" page, then this page should be numbered 13.

Citations in the Works Cited page should be in alphabetical order of the author's last name. The citation should include the title of the work, the date of publication and the publisher's name.

If the source used has more than one author, then the citation in the Works Cited page should be as follows: [Last name, First Name] (of the first author listed in the source), [Last name]]First Name] (of the second author listed in the source), and so forth, [Book or Work Title], [Place and date of publication], [Type of media; whether print or internet source].

If the source is taken from an online journal, then the citation should be as follows: [Last name, First Name], [Title of the Article], [title of the journal, volume #, issue #], [Date of publication], [Name of Database], [Date of Access]

If the source is an article taken from a website, then the citation should be in the following format: [Last name, first name], [Title of the website], [Publisher of the website], [date of the last update], [Date of access]. You need not attach the URL if you think that the reader can easily access the quoted website.

How to Make a PowerPoint in MLA Format

So, now that you know the basic MLA formatting, we can move on to using it in PowerPoint presentations.

  • Include a slide for the title which will contain the title of the presentation, your name, your college and course name, your instructor's name and the date

  • Images must come with correct citations in parenthesis under them; wherever possible include a hyperlink to the source

  • Direct quotations must have the name of the author or the copywriter's name in brackets immediately after the quote

  • Paraphrased ideas should also have the author's name in parenthesis after the paraphrased item

  • Tables must also have correct citations again in parenthesis under them; the citation must have the author name, publication name, publication date, page number or web address

  • Works Cited Page should be a separate slide; the list of all the sources found throughout the PowerPoint presentation should be listed here in alphabetical order by authors' last names.

  • Use the same formats (for both in-text citations and Works Cited page) for your PowerPoint presentation as that of a written paper (explained above)

Importance of citations in your work

The in-text citations information found throughout the PowerPoint and the list of citations on the Works Cited page must match perfectly.

When your reader or someone viewing your presentation reads a quote or paraphrased idea which he or she might find useful for his or her own work can go to the Works Cited page and more details about this source without having to refer to you.

If as a presenter, you did not use in-text citations or completed the Works Cited page incorrectly, then you can be charged with plagiarism. Well-documented citations are critical for improved credibility of your own work

Citations enhance the value of your work by showing the readers and/or viewers how much of research has gone into the paper

Final Notes

PowerPoint is a powerful graphics tool to create a professional and evocative presentation. PowerPoint has outlining, word processing, graphing, drawing, and many other presentation graphic tools.

It is easy to embed video and audio into your PowerPoint presentation. All these and more elements give you the power and flexibility to make a presentation that your professor(s) will be impressed with and will be left with no option but to give you great grades.

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