While many students may view MLA style as a torture device, it’s actually a just set of guidelines for formatting papers. The guidelines are established by the Modern Language Association (MLA), and they encompass everything from what kind of font to use to how wide to set the margins.
Here are the basic rules for setting up MLA style in your paper:
You will also need a Works Cited page at the end of your paper that lists the sources you used throughout. The idea here is that if your reader wants to read more from a particular source, they will be able to locate that source based on the information on your Works Cited page. Showing where you found your information also lends credibility to your writing.
In the second paragraph above, the writer used the articles “Bear Series” and “Senses & Abilities.” Per the MLA style guidelines for Works Cited pages, the entries for these sources should look like this:
Without a Works Cited page, the reader may have a difficult time finding these articles. With the Works Cited page, the reader can go directly to the sources via the URLs provided, allowing them to read further and assess the validity of the information.
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