In every writing task you do, there will always be rules that you need to follow as the writer. You have to comply certain requirements in order to fulfill the specific format that you are about to use in your bibliography. Following the Modern Language Association (MLA) style and formatting can be sweat-free once you get acquainted with the general things you need to do under this. Always take into account that writing your references is not just all about encoding them into your computer and printing a finished product. There are certain things that you have to consider in writing your bibliography the MLA way.
First, you should know that the size of the paper that you should use is the standard one which measures 8.5 x 11 inches. The kind that should be used is a white bond paper.
The text on the paper should be double-spaced and the font that should be used must be comprehensible. An example would be “Times New Roman”. Whatever the font face is, the Modern Language Association advises that the regular type style and the italics type style should be distinguishable from each other, meaning, they should clearly vary from each other. Also, the required font size for MLA citations is 12 pt.
Next, you should remember to only leave a single space after every punctuation mark. However, this may also depend upon how your instructor tells you to do it.
The sides of your document must have one-inch margins on all of it.
The first line of the paragraphs must be indented half an inch from the left margin. MLA advises you to utilize the Tab key instead of pressing the spacebar five times.
In addition to that, there must be standard numbering on every page of your document. These can be put through headers and there are three ways you should do this. First is number the pages in ascending order and place it in the upper-hand corner of the document. Secondly, you have to also put the number of the page half an inch from the top part. Lastly, you should just flush with the margin on the right side of the page. There are cases when the instructor may want you to not indicate a number of the first page of your document. Bear in mind that you should always go with the directions of your instructor.
There are two cases when you can use italics in your document. One is if the titles are of longer works and another is when there is a necessity to provide emphasis. Of course, italics has been known to elaborate a word or a term that the author wants to get across.
Lastly, in the event that you have endnotes, you should put them in another page right before you place the page where the Works Cited section exists. It is recommended that you indicate “Notes” as a title of the section in a centered and unformatted way.
The general guidelines for the MLA format are actually easy to follow once you get the hang of it. With these complied, you are just a few steps away to completing your bibliography mixed with the spice of the MLA style and formatting.