ORDER YOUR PAPER

15% off today

from a verified trusted writer

total: $10.21
use MLA style manual

MLA format: easy-to-use MLA style manual

The MLA (Modern Language Association) styling manual is one of the most highly regarded styling manuals in use today. Most educational institutions as well as publishers require this format for a large number of document submissions and publications. The MLA guide, in a nutshell, provides a set of guidelines and requirements for referencing materials in and outside the text of a paper, as well as details of how to format a paper for publication. Though used in many disciplines, MLA is known for its connections to English, history and the humanities.
When aiming to provide a quick and easy-to-use reference sheet for the MLA styling guide we can first divide the set of standards into three main categories; formatting, in-text citations, and work cited. Along with the explanations of each category we can also mention examples of sources that are commonly used by students in essays and term papers.

General Formatting

The basic formatting guidelines for the MLA styling guide include; double-spaced text, traditional sized letter paper and size 12 lettering (in a clear font such as Times New Roman for example). In addition to this, some other specific requirements are as follows;

First page of the work

Your identifying information should appear in the upper left hand corner of the page and include your name, professor, course, and date. Afterwards you should go down two spaces and type out the title of your paper in the center of the page. Then go down to more spaces and begin typing the text of your paper.
*MLA does not require a cover page therefore one should not be added unless specifically requested by an instructor

Header

All pages need to include a header that provides your last name and the page number. These two items should be separated by one space.

Margins

Your margins should be one inch on all sides with a 1/2 inch left indentation in the first line of each paragraph. The header should also be 1/2 inch margin from the top of the paper and be aligned to the right.

In-text citations

In-text citations, also known as parenthetical references, are a trademark of styling guides such as MLA and APA. These citations need to be included whenever outside sources are referenced in your paper; whether in the form of a direct quote, summary, or paraphrase. In the text of your paper theses references are only indicated by the author's last name and page number(s), though the full information regarding the source should be provided at the end of your paper on the work cited page.
*Note that if the authors name is included in a signal phrase or otherwise in the paper then there is no need to repeat their name in the parenthesis-only the page number is indicated.

Example of one author using a signal phrase

As Clark noted, "The changes in the animals natural habitat are clearly diminishing" (15).

Example of one author without signal phrase

"The changes in the animals natural habitat are clearly diminishing" (Clark 15).

Example of two authors

"Troubling times may be ahead for this species due to the many harms of human habitat alterations" (Lopez and Smith 233).

Example of a paraphrase

Clarks understanding of clear changes in the animal habitat contradicted the statement of notable men of science (15-18).

Website sources

In general, when citing web sources in-text, or any sources for that matter, the name or wording that you place in parenthesis should match what is listed on your corresponding work cited page. Therefore for online sources you would similarly list the last names of authors if those names coincide with the listing on your work work cited or reference page.
Other key factors to note for online sources is that page numbers are not required for websites and likewise the specific address of the website should not be placed in text such as, http://www.samplesite.com for example (unless it directly represents what is in the begining of the listing on the reference page). Also when referring to websites in-text simply state the name and the corresponding ending such as Nytimes.com or Census.gov as opposed to the full web address.

Work cited page

Your works cited page must begin on a separate sheet of paper and include the running head indicated on all other pages as well as the title 'Work Cited' centered in the middle (as well as the one inch margins on all sides). Similar to the first page, all of the information should be double-spaced including two spaces between the words 'Work Cited' and the the first reference.

Entries

All entries should start from the left margin and be listed in alphabetical order according to the author's last name. The second line of each entry should be indented by a 1/2 inch from the left. *This will likely be for most entries as they usually take up 2-3 lines of space. If no author is indicated then the alphabetization should be based off of the title of the work without counting any words such as A, An, and The.
*Each listing in the work cited page will differ in format based on the medium of the publication. Below are examples of referencing for books, journals, and online sources.

Example of a book entry with one author

Hafeez, Khalid. Understanding Horticulture and Today's Technology. Dubai: Al-Amin Press, 2012

Example of a print journal entry

Christopher, Lewis P. and Carlos L. Astoria. "Recent Horticulture Developments in the Southeastern United States." Horticulture Quarterly 38 (2012): 76-83. Print.

Example of a website entry

Dutch, Morlow. Recent Improvements in Horticulture Technology. The Horticulture Society, Inc. 2010. Web. 3 Aug. 2012.

Additional notes

Other important issues to consider for the work cited page, not mentioned here are the differences in referencing for information obtained from online databases and journals versus websites and webpages. Also special attention should be given to non traditional sources such as interviews which usually take on a simple format similar to a book or journal entry.
Lastly, an important note to mention for the MLA styling format is that the work cited page and the bibliography are not interchangeable; that is one cannot be used in place of the other. The bibliography page is used to reference all of the works consulted in your research-whether they made it into your paper or not. But the work cited page on the other hand is only utilized for those things cited directly into your paper (and therefore is a quick verification system for readers).

Our TOP writers

TOP 10
Writer 158902
ID 158902

Master's in Project Management, PMP, Six Sigma

Rating 97.9%
(97.9%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 158902

4194 written pages

467 orders

444 a+ papers

My Master’s degree and comprehensive writing experience allow me to complete any order fast and hit the nail on the head every time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 99423
ID 99423

MBA, PMP, ITIL

Rating 98.5%
(98.5%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (7) about writer 99423

12612 written pages

1577 orders

1435 a+ papers

I am experienced writer with an MBA, PMP, ITIL, that consistently delivers unique, quality papers. I take pride in my experience and quickness.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 47072
ID 47072

MS in Human Resource Management

Rating 99.2%
(99.2%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 47072

14405 written pages

3602 orders

3350 a+ papers

I hold a MS degree in Human Resource and my goal is to help students with flawless, unique papers, delivered on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 147680
ID 147680

RN, MSN, PCN, PHN

Rating 98.6%
(98.6%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (6) about writer 147680

3539 written pages

394 orders

366 a+ papers

As Registered Nurse (RN, PCN), I can quickly deal with any medical paper. My expertise and writing skills are perfect for this job.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 106387
ID 106387

MPA, MHA

Rating 99%
(99%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 106387

2660 written pages

445 orders

405 a+ papers

I have MPA, MHA degrees but, most importantly, experience and skills to provide unique, well-written papers on time.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 103589
ID 103589

DNP, BA, APN, PMHNP-BC

Rating 97.2%
(97.2%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 103589

2749 written pages

551 orders

540 a+ papers

I can write about multiple areas and countless topics, as I have a DNP and BA degrees. High-quality writing is my second name.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 125292
ID 125292

PhD in American History

Rating 99.5%
(99.5%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 125292

3691 written pages

462 orders

430 a+ papers

A PhD in American history comes handy. Unique papers, any topics, swift delivery — helping with academic writing is my passion.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 117750
ID 117750

MA, PsyD, LMFT

Rating 97.4%
(97.4%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (7) about writer 117750

14336 written pages

1594 orders

1498 a+ papers

Incredibly fast PsyD writer. Efficient paper writing for college. Hundreds of different tasks finished. Satisfaction guaranteed.

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 127980
ID 127980

MEd, NCC, LPC, LMFT

Rating 99.2%
(99.2%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (9) about writer 127980

3605 written pages

401 orders

385 a+ papers

Top-ranked writer with tons of experience. Ready to take on any task, and make it unique, as well as objectively good. Always ready!

hire writer
TOP 10
Writer 156385
ID 156385

MSW, LICSWA, DSW-C

Rating 99.7%
(99.7%)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (8) about writer 156385

4193 written pages

467 orders

416 a+ papers

Experienced Social Work expert focused on good writing, total uniqueness, and customer satisfaction. My goal — to help YOU.

hire writer

Buy your papers from the best writing service

Have your tasks done by our professionals to get the best possible results.

total: $10.21
Confidentiality

NO Billing information is kept with us. You pay through secure and verified payment systems.

Quality

All papers we provide are of the highest quality with a well-researched material, proper format and citation style.

Communication

Our 24/7 Support team is available to assist you at any time. You also can communicate with your writer during the whole process.

Authorship

You are the single owner of the completed order. We DO NOT resell any papers written by our expert

Originality

All orders are done from scratch following your instructions. Also, papers are reviewed for plagiarism and grammar mistakes.

Samples

You can check the quality of our work by looking at various paper examples in the Samples section on our website.

Special price $10.21/page
Place an order
63,000
more than 63,000 times students trusted us to write their papers
9/10
9 out of 10 customers recommend us*
92%
92% of our customers have placed more than 7 orders
*data is based on 6,568 customers' feedback received from Jan 1, 2017 till Jan 1, 2018.
Special price $10.21/page
Place an order
Customer #4501

I'm not exactly what you'd call an exemplary student. Yeah, I like reading and things like that, but when it comes to essays - it's like I forget how to put words together. It's not the first time I'm asking your writers for help, and they've yet to let me down!

Customer #3173

I could not expect that you would complete all calculations right, moreover your writer explained in details how he did it and he also guided me with all additional questions I had. Thank you for my writer!

Estimated Deadline: Tuesday, Dec 20 4:38 PM in Your timezone
Total price: $10.21
Price starts from $10.21
Regular discounts and offers
Excellent results guaranteed
Professional 24/7 support

Free samples of our work

There are different types of essays: narrative, persuasive, compare\contrast, definition and many many others. They are written using a required citation style, where the most common are APA and MLA. We want to share some of the essays samples written on various topics using different citation styles.

services
Hey, you...Yes, you! Don’t you want to get your Discount?
binder1
binder2
Your discount will be
sent to the email!

I have read and agree to the Terms of Use, Money Back Guarantee, Privacy and Cookie Policy of BestCustomWriting.com

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Use your opportunity to get a discount!

To get your special discount, write your email below

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot

Best papers and best prices!

Want to get quality paper done on time cheaper?

  • dmca_logo
  • safecharge
  • trustpilot