MLA TIPS. Compiled from UWF Writing Lab Handouts and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers , Seventh Edition. PowerPoint designed by Jeni Senter January 2010.
Compiled from UWF Writing Lab Handouts and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition
PowerPoint designed by Jeni Senter
If you have been asked to write a paper using MLA format, there are numerous rules that you must follow in order to produce a paper that conforms properly to MLA format.
This PowerPoint will serve as an overview of the different requirements for formatting an MLA style research paper.
Text should be written in a clear and readable font; you should preferably use Times New Roman, 12 point font.
The entire document should be double-spaced, including quotations, notes, and the list of Works Cited. If using the newest editions of MS Word or a like word processing program, you will need to reset your default settings so that the program does not automatically add extra spacing between paragraphs. Use one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark.
**According to the guidelines listed in the MLA Handbook, no title page is needed in strict MLA formatting; however, if your instructor asks for a title page, you should format it according to the instructions your instructor provides.**
Book: (The Book of Common Prayer)
Article: (“The Art of Rhetoric”)
A colon generally introduces a quotation displayed in this way. If your quotation is lifted from the beginning of a paragraph, do not indent the quotation. The quoted material is written in 12 pt font; the period, in this instance, is positioned at the end of the quotation, with the citation after; and no quotation marks are used.
Example of a Web-based Source Citation
PERIODICAL PRINT PUBLICATIONS:
Entries for publications in print periodicals consist of several elements in a prescribed sequence. This list shows most of the possible components of an entry for an article in a print periodical and the order in which they are normally arranged:
NONPERIODICAL PRINT PUBLICATIONS:
Entries for nonperiodical print publications, such as books and pamphlets, consist of several elements in a prescribed sequence. This list shows most of the possible components of a book entry and the order in which they are normally arranged:
Nonperiodical Web Publications:
An entry for a nonperiodical publication on the Web usually contains most of the following components, in sequence:
Web-based Periodical Publication:
To cite a work from a periodical in an online database, such as an article, a review, an editorial, or a letter to the editor, begin the entry by following the recommendations in 5.4 for citing works in print periodicals, but drop the medium of original publication (Print). A periodical article on the Web may not include page numbers. If possible, give the inclusive page numbers or, when pagination is not continuous, the first page number and a plus sign; if pagination is not available, use n. pag. Conclude the entry with the following items: