Guidelines of MLA Style
The MLA essay format meets the standard layout guidelines as set forward by the Modern Language Association.
- Set your default font as Times Fresh Roman, 12 point.
- Set the margins of your paper to one inch on each side
- Only use one space after periods
- Indent the very first lines of each of your paragraphs exactly one half-inch from the edge of the left margin. When doing your indents, use the tab key instead of using the space bar.
- Dual space via your essay.
Titles, Citations, Page Numbers
MLA style references a bibliography as a works cited page. When typing up your works cited page there are a few things that you should do.
Depending on how many sources you have and the type of sources that you used (whether a book, article, or Internet-based source), then you will want to pay special attention to the author’s name, title of the book, publication date, publisher and place of publication.
Let’s say that you used books only as your sources of information. You will want to list the sources in alphabetical order by the authors last name. For example, if you had two sources you would list them as goes after:
While the above sources are simply fictional samples and do not reference real books, it gives you a better idea on how to format your bibliography (works cited).
Tips on Writing an Essay MLA Style
If you are preparing an essay or research paper for college, the chances are high that you are going to need a few tips on writing an essay MLA style. More often than not, when you get on the college level, there are two writing styles in which professors are looking for, they are APA (American Psychological Association) style or MLA (Modern Language Association) style. The differences are varied. MLA style is commonly used in many colleges across the U.S. so learning the style and tips on writing in MLA style will serve you well via your college education.