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DRAM 2361 Theatre History (SoRelle)

A short research guide designed for a library instruction session for theatre history students researching any topic in theatre history.

MLA Citations

Need help understanding MLA citations?  The links below will take you to helpful websites.

MLA published a new edition of the handbook. For a quick overview of the changes, please see the Purdue OWL page MLA Eighth Edition: What's New and Different.  

Paraphrases and Quotes

Not sure what the difference is between paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting? 

Paraphrasing: "Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly."  from Purdue Owl

Summarizing: A summary is "much shorter that the original source. If your aim is to summarize a long passage, look for the author's most important ideas." from The Curious Writer

Quoting: A quote contains the exact words from a source.  Don't forget to use quotation marks and cite the source.

If you need further help, try these websites:

Using Images in Presentations or Papers

Using MLA in a Presentation

Your instructor will likely have guidelines that you must follow in terms for formatting slide presentations.  There are no specific guidelines in previous or new MLA handbooks.  However, the prevailing recommendation by most libraries and educational institutions is to follow the same guidelines as in a research paper.  Be sure to cite within the slide when quoting a source, cite images within the slide (using MLA guidelines for tables and figures), and include a works cited slide at the end.