MLA research paper formats – some referencing rules

Using the MLA research paper format is one of the prerequisites of college and university writing assignments. Most students find the going quite easy, when asked to focus on research paper and essay writing. The problem starts when there is a citation or referencing issue. MLA is a commonly followed style in literature and some other similar subjects. The other style, APA, is generally used for the sciences, psychology etc.

Since using MLA research paper formats are part of a student’s academic life, it is important to be familiar with a few referencing rules

1.    Citing a journal – if you have taken info from a journal, it is necessary to cite the same on your ‘Works Cited’ page. These are the details you need to put into the citation, in the following order:

a.    Last name of author, followed by a comma and then the first name.
b.    The complete name of the article within quotes
c.    The name of the journal in italics, followed by the Volume Number
d.    The year of publication of the article, within brackets, followed by a colon
e.    Page numbers on which the article appears, followed by a full-stop
f.    The word ‘Print.’ – if it is a printed article, followed by a full-stop

2.    Books with two authors – having two or more authors is a fairly common thing. It is necessary to put in the names of both authors and the other details, in the order given below:

a.    Last name of first author, followed by a comma, then the first name
b.    The word ‘and’
c.    Last name of 2nd author, followed by a comma, then the first name.
d.    The name of the book, in italics, followed by a full-stop
e.    Place of publication, followed by a colon
f.    Name of publisher, followed by a comma
g.    Year of publication, followed by a full-stop
h.    The word ‘Print.’ – if it is a printed book, followed by a full-stop

These are just two of the many kinds of references that are usually included in paper that follows the MLA research paper format. Though it might sound a bit complicated when you go through the whole thing for the first time, it is true that you can master it soon enough. We are always around to lend you a helping hand, should you get stalled in the process of preparing the references page of your research paper.

Apart from the referencing work to be done in your paper, it is necessary to keep in mind the general rules of MLA research paper formats at all times. It is necessary to remember rules regarding the spacing to be used, the font size and style, the margins on all sides and header and/or footer, etc. do not clutter your brain by keeping all this in your mind. Instead, you could always feel free to contact us, if you should run into some trouble regarding referencing or any other detail in an MLA research paper.