Revising an Essay: After you have reviewed the revision checklist for the format and mechanics of the essay, move on to the citing sources checklist. Here are some questions to ask as you revise the essay.
Citing Sources in MLA Format
- Is your analysis objective and unbiased?
- Are all sources used in the essay researched, valid, and credible?
- Is the research taken from reliable sources?
- If you use quotations from outside sources, are all quotations cited properly in-text using MLA format?
- Have all quotations been checked against the original for accuracy and exact wording?
- Do the quoted passages from outside sources that are cited in the essay make sense where they are located in your essay? Do you need to explain any portion of the quoted passage so the reader understands the reason for its inclusion in your essay?
- Is your evidence convincing? Do you quote the best passages from the outside sources?
- Have you included a works cited page for the sources cited within the essay?
- Have you documented the sources correctly on the Works Cited page using MLA format?
Once the citing sources checklist is complete, you should have a well-revised essay.
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