Format: General Guidelines Reminder Type on white 8.5” x 11” paper Double-space everything Use 12 pt. Courier font (or similar font) Leave only one space after punctuation Set all margins to 1 inch on all sides Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch Header with page numbers in the upper right corner Use italics for titles of long texts Use quotes for short texts
Organizing Your Entries Use one of the following websites to guide you in organizing your individual entries: Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker, Published by Bedford St. Martins http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/home.html http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/home.html The OWL at Purdue http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/ http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/ EasyBib http://www.easybib.com/
Basic Style for Citations of Electronic Sources (Including Online Databases) Here are some common features you should try and find before citing electronic sources in MLA style. Always include as much information as is available/applicable: Author and/or editor names Name of the database, or title of project, book, article Any version numbers available Date of version, revision, or posting Publisher information Date you accessed the material NOTE: An electronic address is no longer required!
Have you checked the punctuation for each of your entries? Check: Periods Colons Quotation marks Underlining
Have you used a hanging indent for each of the entries?
Have you alphabetized the entries? If there is no author, use the first word of the title (disregard A, An, The).
Editing – 5 tricks & A Checklist 1. Read it aloud—SLOWLY 2. Read it backwards, sentence-by-sentence 3. Read only for grammar and spelling only at this stage 4. Read it as a proofreader more than once 5. Read it with two peer editors who should go over the entire checklist below