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MLA Referencing Style


MLA Style

General Format

The paper has to be standard size (8.5 * 11) inches

Make sure that your text is double spaced and the font used is the legible recommended Times New Roman unless otherwise instructed. MLA recommends that in the case of italics, the paragraph or text that has italics has to contrast enough so that it is recognizable from the rest of the text.

MLA recommends that the writer leaves a single space after periods or punctuations marks unless otherwise instructed by your instructor.

The paper should be set such that it has 1mm margin on all sides.

Always indent the first sentence of a paragraph. MLA recommends that the writer uses the tab key as opposed to pressing the space key several times. The whole text should be aligned left.

The page number should appear left, right or centred inside the header. In isolated cases, the header can also contain the essay topic a trait that is commonly attributed to APA style of writing. Note: In some instances, your tutor may require that the first page be excluded from numbering.

When endnotes are included, they should all appear on a separate page before the final page known as the Works Cited.

Formatting the First Page

MLA recommends that the essay should not have a separate title page unless requested by your instructor

In the upper left hand corner, the writer should indicate his/her name, the name of the instructor, the course being taken and the date of submission. It is important to note that all these should be double spaced.

The title should be centeredcentred after the date of submission. Do not capitalize your title but rather, have the first letter of each word in your title in caps lock except for words with less than three letters.

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When referring to a different piece of work like a book or a play within the text, italicize the sentence for example Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in “After Apple Picking”