Practice the different ways of showing information in this Presenting Evidence in MLA Format Worksheet. A series of exercises test your knowledge of certain areas of the MLA Guide.
For each of the exercises below, correct anything that does not follow the MLA guidelines in presenting evidence or information or answer the question asked. If you can, identify which type of quote is used to present the information. Please note that the statistics, study and research used in the exercises are all fictitious.
The overall premise of the research by Wagner was to determine if eating healthy as a child between the ages of four and 13 influenced a child’s adult eating habits.
According to Wagner, just over 53 percent of children who ate healthy as a young child were more likely to continue eating healthy as adults.
The “definition” of what constitutes healthy eating at a young age was quite off the mark. Conversely, the same “definition” grew more realistic as the age of the children grew.
…following was part of one of the adult’s response to Wagner’s survey. “While I ate a lot of junk food growing up, it often made me feel not well. The older I got, the better my food choices became. I didn’t stop eating junk food altogether, but I did it far less frequently. Partly, I think my poor eating habits as a kid were from being left to fend for myself at meal times since my parents were often working during the summer days and during dinner time while I was in school.”
Three out of 5 kids generally have poorer eating habits at a younger age, and Wagner proposes that this “is a result of less parental supervision in homes where both parents work outside the home and the availability of junk food on school campuses.”
As children start growing up, the choice to eat healthy becomes a two part process that requires efforts by both the children themselves and the parents.
When children live closer to school, within ¾ miles for example, they tend to walk to school instead of getting a ride or taking the bus, and this translates into more physical activity.
According to 99 percent of study participants, “eating healthy doesn’t become a priority to children until they reach an older age.”
If you are writing about childhood obesity and wanted to include background information about a researcher who conducted one of the studies you used as a source, where would you incorporate the background information? Why did you make that choice?
If you are including a list of bullet points that spans seven or eight lines and the information is directly quoted from the original source, how would you present that information?