MLA Format

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MLA Website Citation

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MLA Book Citation

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MLA Journal Article Citation

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MLA Paper Formatting

Font and Font Size

  • You can use any font that is easy to read.
  • Arial and Times New Roman are the most popular fonts.
  • 12-point font size is recommended.
  • Font sizes 11 and 11.5 are also cool.

Spacing

  • Double space everything.

Margins

  • Use one-inch margins around each page.

Paragraphs

  • Indent the first word in every paragraph.

Heading Instructions

  • Your name.
    • Bruce Wayne
  • Your instructor's name.
    • Professor McGonagall
  • Your class information.
    • English 201
  • Your paper's due date.
    • 4 Nov 2019

Running Head

  • Your last name plus the page number.
    • Wayne 1
  • The running head is placed in the top-right corner.

Numbers

  • For simple numbers, spell out the number.
    • five
    • two hundred
  • For fractions, decimals, or longer numbers, use digits.
    • 1.61803
    • 2,032
  • If the number comes before a unit of measurement, use digits.
    • 2 pounds
    • 4 tablespoons

Abbreviations

  • MLA prefers abbreviations to be rarely used.
  • But you can still abbreviate some things.
    • p. or pp. for page and page numbers
    • ch. for chapter
    • ed. for edition
    • vol. for volume
    • no. for number
  • Month names need to be spelled out.
    • September
  • Don't put periods in between the capital letters.
    • US
    • DVD

Quotations

There are three ways to quote.

  1. With the person’s name in the sentence.
    • According to Foulkes's study, dreams may express "profound aspects of personality" (184).
  2. Without the person’s name in the sentence.
    • According to some, dreams express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes 184), though others disagree.
  3. In a block quote (a quote of 4+ lines) is added.

Footnotes and Endnotes

  • Footnotes are at the bottom of the page.
  • Endnote are at the end of the section.
  • Add a superscript number at the end of the sentence that the footnote/endnote refers to.
    • The World Book Encyclopedia defines Taboo as “an action, object, person, or place forbidden by law or culture.”¹
  • Add a superscript at the beggining of your footnote/endnote.
    • ¹ Alan Dundes, “Taboo”, World Book Encylopedia. 2000 ed.

Images

  • Place the image beside the corresponding text.
  • Place a label underneath the image.
    • Fig. Number. Caption.
    • Fig. 1. Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child, Wichita Art Museum.
  • For the sentence that refers to the image, place a "(fig. 1)" at the end of the sentence.
    • Sentence (fig. number).
    • Cassatt's painting is really darn cool (fig. 1).

Tables

  • Place the table beside the corresponding text.
  • Above the table, label it as "Table" plus the number.
    • Table 4
  • Between the label and table, add a title.
    • International Scholars from India Enrolled at Yale University
  • Below the table, add the source.
    • Source: “International Scholars Academic Year 2015-2016.” Yale University, Office of International Students and Scholars, yale.app.box.com/v/scholar-2015-2016.

Works Cited

  • The works cited should be the very last page.
  • All entries should be placed in alphabetical order.
  • Double space everything.

Proofreading

  • Read your entire paper out loud.
  • Reword anything that sounds awkward.
  • Check for spelling or grammar errors.

About

The MLA Style Manual, published by the Modern Language Association, is used in the humanities, such as English studies. Read more on Wikipedia.

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