MLA Journal Article Citation
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.
- Use one-inch margins around each page.
- Indent the first word in every paragraph.
- Your name.
- Your instructor's name.
- Your class information.
- Your paper's due date.
- Your last name plus the page number.
- The running head is placed in the top-right corner.
- For simple numbers, spell out the number.
- For fractions, decimals, or longer numbers, use digits.
- If the number comes before a unit of measurement, use digits.
- 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.
- Don't put periods in between the capital letters.
There are three ways to quote.
- With the person’s name in the sentence.
Without the person’s name in the sentence.
- According to Foulkes's study, dreams may express "profound aspects of personality" (184).
In a block quote (a quote of 4+ lines) is added.
- According to some, dreams express "profound aspects of personality" (Foulkes 184), though others disagree.
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.
- 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).
- Place the table beside the corresponding text.
- Above the table, label it as "Table" plus the number.
- 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.
- The works cited should be the very last page.
- All entries should be placed in alphabetical order.
- Double space everything.
- Read your entire paper out loud.
- Reword anything that sounds awkward.
- Check for spelling or grammar errors.
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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