MLA, One Of The Most Common Citation Styles

MLA citation style

When working on your term papers, research papers, essays, or other academic papers, it is very important to pay a proper attention to citation style and type of the formatting which can be appropriate for your type of academic work. There is a number of options for you, a number of the most commonly used formatting and citation styles like APA, MLA, Chicago, and others. Each of those is supposed to be used according to the topic of your academic work, and (rarely) the type of academic work.

MLA is certainly one of the most frequently used citation styles, the one approved and recommended by Modern Language Association of America. If you are writing an academic work on arts, literature, academic essays, book reviews, journals, and other similar academic papers, you should probably use this very citation and formatting style. There are certain standards and requirements that define this citation style, so continue reading to learn more about how to use MLA citation style for your academic paper.

  • Formatting requires using 12 pt Time New Roman font, double spaced.
  • Using one inch margins is mandatory
  • First line of every paragraph should have half-inch indentation.
  • MLA citation style does not actually require any separate title page. However, the first fourĀ  lines of your academic paper should have the following information: 1. Student’s name. 2. Instructor’s name. 3. Course title. 4. Date. Align those lines to the left side of your first page. Do not use no bold or italic for these title lines.
  • The 4 title lines should be followed directly by the title of your academic work, centered.
  • In the framework of MLA citation style it is recommended to use headings and subheadings. Follow the following pattern when using those:

Level 1 Heading: Bold, Flush Left

Level 2 Heading: Italicized, Flush Left

Level 3 Heading: Bold, Centered

Level 4 Heading: Italicized, Centered

Level 5 Heading: Underlined, Flush left

  • Using in-text citations can be necessary for some academic works. Click here to see very detailed information about using MLA citation style in-text citations.
  • Reference page, also known as works cited page, should be the last page of your academic work.
  • All published and online sources used for your academic paper should be properly referenced according to the guidelines here.
  • Place the references in alphabetical order.

Remember that your academic works should not only be properly referenced and formatted, but also plagiarism-free!



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