Posts related to formatting a paper
How should I format captions for figures that I include in my paper?
Illustrative visual material other than a table—for example, a photograph, map, drawing, graph, or chart—should be labeled Figure (usually abbreviated Fig.), assigned an arabic numeral,… Read More
When translating from a language that does not use roman characters, like Chinese, do I include the original characters or a transliteration? And how do I alphabetize titles of nonroman works?
In its publications, the MLA prefers to give the original characters (script) and a translation for titles and quotations; it also includes transliteration in some… Read More
Should URLs be linked in works-cited-list entries?
Whether to link a URL, DOI, or permalink in a works-cited-list entry for a work published or submitted in digital format is optional. The MLA… Read More
What guidance should I give my students for preparing an annotated bibliography?
Students should style a source in an annotated bibliography just as they would in a list of works cited and then append an annotation to… Read More
I am citing two editions of the same novel. How do I order the entries in the list of works cited, and how do I distinguish the editions in the in-text citation?
Order the entries by the most important unique piece of identifying information. This is usually the date. You can list entries either in chronological order… Read More
Does the MLA still recommend the use of hanging indention? I don’t always see hanging indentions on The MLA Style Center.
Hanging indention is still the preferred way to distinguish entries in the list of works cited. In its formatting guidelines and in section 2.7 of… Read More
Is a new edition of the MLA Style Manual going to be published?
No. The MLA Style Manual will be taken out of print. The system of documentation explained in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook is… Read More