(Modern Language Association)

MLA (Modern Language Association) citation and format style is usually used by writers and students in the humanities disciplines.

(i) Format style: When using MLA style formatting, the text must double spaced and font size must be 12pt. The margins of the paper must be 1 inch on all sides. The First line of every paragraph must be indented by ½ an inch and it is recommended that you use the ‘Tab’ key for this. The pages must be numbered on the top right hand corner.

(ii) In-text citation: When writing in the MLA style, parenthetical references must be used when you are quoting or paraphrasing. The simplest way to do this would be to add all the source information in parentheses before the period at the end of the sentence. It is important to ensure that all the sources cited in-text must be added to the ‘works cited’ page.

(iii) ‘Works cited’ page: When using the MLA style it is imperative that you add a ‘Works cited’ page at the end of your research paper and all the references added here must correspond to the in-text citations added in the research paper. Follow the same formatting as the rest of the paper for this page and remember to use the title case for the title of the source.


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