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AHS Subject Guides: English: J. Lambrecht

This guide includes print and online resources for English: Courses include: English Literature, Communication, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Journalism, Humanities, Reading, etc.

Embedding/Blending Quotations and MLA Format

Student Instructions

English I

Embedding/Blending Quotations and MLA Citations (updated 9-2019)

Information Literacy Topics:

  • Creating/Writing a research-based product
  • In-text citations
  • Using technology tools

Objective: To understand how to effectively embed/blend quotations into writing, to cite evidence (direct quotes) using MLA citation style.


Learning Expectations: 

  • Academic-Writing: “Students will produce and distribute a variety of writing designed to entertain, inform, or argue, as well build and present knowledge derived from research.“
  • Civic: “Students will exhibit personal integrity and ethical decision-making.”

During class:

Objective: To understand how to effectively embed/blend quotations into literary analysis, to use MLA style 8 in formal essays and papers.

1.Go to  Enter class code


2.  Type your first name and click join session.

3. Today's slideshow will appear on your screen.  Follow along!

Part II: MLA Citation Style-title page

1. Rules

Rules for MLA formatting rules for writing papers/essays.

  • 12 point Times New Roman/Arial font.
  • Double spaced
  • Last name and page number in right upper corner of EACH page.  (Open a blank google doc and show students how to insert a header.  Directions: From the “Insert” menu click on “Header & page number” select “Page number” and select the option that shows a page number on pages 1 and 2.  The page function will automatically number the pages for you. Place your space bar before the number 1 and type in your last name, followed by a single space.  Click outside of the Header box to return to the main document.)
  • Format for top of first page: review with students.  Emphasize the date format.
  • Titles of papers/essays should not be italicized or in bold (unless the title of your book appears in your title--then italicize that only.)

2. Sample papers

Take a look at the sample papers: OWL Sample MLA Paper and To Kill a Mockingbird Sample Paper


3. Review Mrs. Hulse’s sample paper

    What's wrong with Mrs. Hulse's sample paper?


4. Today's class: Respond using Nearpod to the following question: “What’s one thing you learned from today’s class?

5. Create a template following the MLA citation guidelines.

J. Lambrecht

Online Resources


Search our library catalogs from Destiny Quest to find all our printed books, magazines and journals, textbooks, encyclopedias, music CDs, movies (DVD and VHS).


A number of books have been reserved on the topic and placed on a cart.  See additional resource list.


School Product Database Sites:

  • ABC Clio *comprehensive electronic library of historical reference materials
  • SIRS, *provides resources for many subject areas: arts and humanities, government, civics, economics, world events, 20th Century history through a mix of periodicals
  • History Reference Center *features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and academic journals. This content includes historical documents, biographies of historical figures, full-text reference books, encyclopedias, history books, historical photos and maps, and historical video. FROM OFF CAMPUS YOU NEED YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD CODE for iConn.
  • JSTOR *includes scholarship published in more than 1,400 of the highest-quality academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
  • iCONN *allows you to read full-text articles from periodicals (magazines, newspapers, journals). You will need the number from your local library card to log in if you are not visiting this site from inside the school.
  • Academic Search COMPLETEcovers a wide range of academic disciplines, from the behavioral and technical sciences, through education, theatre, and many more. It includes some popular magazines as well as scholarly journals. This is the FULL version of Academic Search, and includes about 9,000 full-text journals, about double the number available in the Premier version. FROM OFF CAMPUS, SEE USERNAME AND PASSWORD HERE, WITH YOUR @AMITYSCHOOLS.ORG LOGIN.


Practice searching and find a relevant article that addresses your topic.


Additional Open Web Resources:

Citations and References

Introduction to Research Resources

Information literacy topics:

  • Taking notes

  • Organizing source citations

  • In-text citations

  • References

  • Using technology tools


Answer the question, “What is a citation?”

A citation is all the information you need to tell where an idea or quotation came from, and to be able to find that source again.


Answer the question, “What kind of information is included in a citation?”


Citations can include the following information, and more...

  1. author

  2. title

  3. place of publication

  4. publisher (and more about where it can be found)

  5. date of publication

  6. medium (type of publication)

  7. date you found it (electronic resources)

  8. web address (URL) IF your teacher requires it.


Note: the medium (type) of publication may be: Print, Web, File, Film, CD-ROM, DVD, etc. and more, depending on the kind of information.



Analyze this sample citation to see which elements it includes. “What kind of source is it?”


"Book censorship." Photos/Illustrations. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 6 May 2015.


Practice writing a citation manually from a book.

Practice creating a citation for a database.  

  • Go to this article from a database. (If the link doesn’t work, use this citation:)

"Book censorship." Photos/Illustrations. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 6 May 2015.


Practice creating a citation for a periodical/magazine.  Go to the magazine article, and create a citation.

How do you cite the article in the body of your paper? 


You will need to follow the instructions and examples from a reliable source, like the writing experts at Purdue University’s OWLS MLA style pages.



To Start

Open Google Chrome

Google Search: “Amity Library”, go to library page

New tab: Sign onto Google Drive

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Amity High School, Amity Region 5 School District, Woodbridge, CT 06525, 203-397-4844 Librarians: Robert F. Musco and Victoria Hulse Copyright 2017