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MLA Formatting and Style Guide

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Conclude with "Print" without quotation marks and a period; for instance: If you use an in-text reference to an online research report, include it on the Works Cited page. The author, article title, journal name, issue, year and pages are formatted exactly like the print version. After the pages, list "Web" without quotation marks. Indicate the day, abbreviation of the month and year you accessed the article.

Finish with a period; for example: Living in upstate New York, Susan Sherwood is a researcher who has been writing within educational settings for more than 10 years.

Double-space the entire research paper, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited. Indent the first line of a paragraph half an inch from the left margin. Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark, unless your instructor prefers two spaces. On a new, double-spaced line, center the title fig. Do not italicize or underline your title, put it in quotation marks or boldface, or type it in all capital letters. Follow the rules for capitalization in the MLA Handbook 67—68 , and italicize only the words that you would italicize in the text.

Do not use a period after your title or after any heading in the paper e. Begin your text on a new, double-spaced line after the title, indenting the first line of the paragraph half an inch from the left margin.

A research paper does not normally need a title page, but if the paper is a group project, create a title page and list all the authors on it instead of in the header on page 1 of your essay. If your teacher requires a title page in lieu of or in addition to the header, format it according to the instructions you are given.

Number all pages consecutively throughout the research paper in the upper right-hand corner, half an inch from the top and flush with the right margin. Type your last name, followed by a space, before the page number fig. Do not use the abbreviation p. Your writing program will probably allow you to create a running head of this kind that appears automatically on every page.

Some teachers prefer that no running head appear on the first page. The list of works cited appears at the end of the paper, after any endnotes. Begin the list on a new page.

The list contains the same running head as the main text. The page numbering in the running head continues uninterrupted throughout.

For example, if the text of your research paper including any endnotes ends on page 10, the works-cited list begins on page Center the title, Works Cited , an inch from the top of the page fig.

If the list contains only one entry, make the heading Work Cited. For corporate or organization "authors", replace author last name with organization name as follows:. Include a bibliography with detailed citations corresponding to all in-text citations found within the document. These references will generally be for books, articles or website material. Use italics for titles of books -- do not underline. Use quotes for articles or website page titles.

Website name if applicable. Date of access if applicable. Joyce Kelly began her professional writing career in She brings expertise ranging from psychology to information technology to nutrition.

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MLA is the formatting style of the Modern Language Association. It is used in areas such as English studies, comparative literature, foreign language and literature or cultural studies. It is an academic style guide extensively used in the United States, Canada, and other countries.

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MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8 th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

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Formatting a Research Paper If your instructor has specific requirements for the format of your research paper, check them before preparing your final draft. When you submit your paper. How to Cite a Paper in MLA November 07, How to Write If you are a high school or college student, then there will definitely be a time when you find yourself in a position in which you need to cite a research paper, dissertation, annotated bibliography etc.

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Writers often use research reports as sources of information. The "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.)" does not suggest a specific format for citing reports. Plagiarism is a serious issue and the consequences can be severe. In educational institutions, research papers are often checked with anti-plagiarism software, and students are expected to follow specific style guidelines given by the instructor. In some college liberal arts .