MLA Formatting & Style Guide

Printable Version

Section 1: Getting Started

  • Introduction
  • Thesis
  • Body
  • Conclusion
  • Revision

Section 2: The Basics

  • How Should Your Paper Look?
  • Paragraph Length

Section 3: Style

  • Abbreviations
  • Acronyms
  • Capitalization
  • Italics
  • Tense
  • Verb Tenses within a Paragraph
  • Subject and Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
  • That & Which
  • Active/Passive Voice
  • Word Splurge
  • Use of Person in Writing

Section 4: Citations

  • Works Cited List
  • Citing
  • In-text Citations
  • Quotes Within Quotes
  • Signal Phase
  • In-Text Citations for Quotes

Section 5: Works Cited

  • Book
  • Scholarly Publication
  • Newspaper or Magazine Article
  • Book Article or Chapter
  • Encyclopedia Article (well-known reference books)
  • Encyclopedia Article (less familiar reference books)
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Gale Reference Book (and other books featuring reprinted articles)
  • Online Periodical
  • Online Database or Scholarly Journal Article
  • Website
  • Newspaper or Magazine Article on the Internet
  • Online-Only Publication
  • Online Scholarly Project
  • No Author on a Webpage

Sect. 6: Online Resources

 

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