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Tips To Help Learn The MLA Format Of An Essay

If you are in college then, you know that you will have to write essays for classes and most of those classes expect you to know a certain type of academic writing that they want to you use.  MLA format is one of the two academic writing formats that most colleges and universities use for their essays the other format is APA.  Here I will give you all you will need to know on how to write your next MLA format essay.

Tips On MLA Format

  • Set your font to Times New Roman 12pt.
  • All margins are one inch on all sides of the document.
  • One space is to be used after periods.
  • Each paragraph is to indent one inch, which can be done with the tab key.
  • Your entire document is to be double-spaced.
  • You should italicize all titles.
  • Your endnotes and work cited need to be on separate pages in you essay, with the endnotes before the work cited.
  • The first page of your essay you need to put your name in the left-hand corner.
  • Then directly below that on separate lines needs to be your instructor’s name, class name, and then the date.
  • Make a header for your essay that has your last name and the page number in the right top corner of your essay.
  • Right below the date on your essay, you want to center your title.
  • Use italics on titles that you are using then a for reference.
  • If you have sections in your essay, then you need to number them with the number and a period, then the subtitle of the section and remember one space between them.
  • The work cited, or bibliography is the last page of your essay.  When making your work cited page you want to make sure you also put in your in text citations as well.  This page needs to be in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.

How To Cite In Text And Work Cited

There are a few ways that you can cite your work in text in MLA format.  The first is you can use the author’s last name and page number; this is, usually, used in books and journals.  But if there isn’t an author you can use the page number or a title if you go it off the Internet and there is no page number.  And if there are multiple writers then you put their last names in with the page number all separated by commas.

This is a basic work cited reference that is in your bibliography.

Peters, Robert. MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 8th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2010. Print.

It has the author’s name, book title, edition of the book, city of publication, publisher, and year published and print or web.