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Assignment: Write a minimum 5 page research paper on a famous American or someone who you believe is of historical significance.  The paper will contain a brief description of the individual and his/her career/life, and why you believe this individual is considered a famous American or someone who you believe is of historical significance.


Your paper must include:

1.  A title page

2. Works cited page

3. In-text citations


Cadets will be required use at least 5 sources, including 1 of each of the following sources:

1.  Book/eBook

2. Periodical/Magazine Article

3.. Online database

Don't forget to list all sources used on your works cited page!


Cadets will turn in completed paper on the 20th of May. Along with paper cadets will also turn in a completed outline and source cards.

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  • Create a personal ID, using your Bensalem login and password (that you use to login to school computers).
  • If NoodleTools asks for the school authentication information, the ID is bensalemhs and the password is owls.
  • To start a new project, click the New Project button on the top left.
  • Choose MLA Advanced (unless otherwise directed by your teacher).
  • Give your project a name. 
  • Click Sources and then Create a New Citation to start citing sources.


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Tiffany Emerick
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Help with in-text citations

In-text citations: Author-page style

MLA format follows the author-page method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text, and a complete reference should appear on your Works Cited page. The author's name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number(s) should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence. For example:

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). 

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).
Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

Both citations in the examples above, (263) and (Wordsworth 263), tell readers that the information in the sentence can be located on page 263 of a work by an author named Wordsworth. If readers want more information about this source, they can turn to the Works Cited page, where, under the name of Wordsworth, they would find the following information:

Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London: Oxford UP, 1967. Print.