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MOST COMMON MLA STYLE

MISTAKES DONE BY STUDENTS

Before proceeding to the common


mistakes done by students, let us first
define What is MLA?
MLA stands for Modern Language
Association. It is an organization of
scholars that specializes literature and
language study.
MLA style is a set of guidelines established
by this organization. It is the format
widely used in organizing and writing
academic papers.

IMPROPER FORMAT OF QUOTATIONS


There are several guidelines in
using quotation marks. It will
depend on how many lines/verse
you will be using on your paper.
There are certain rules in which it
applies. Be sure to follow the
MLA structure, to avoid this
common mistake.

CITATION ERRORS
An important requirement in MLA style
is to include citation and references of
the sources information. This is not
just to acknowledge the work of others
but to also protect you from
plagiarism. This will also build
credibility by demonstrating
accountability to the source material.
Remember to follow the
MLA format guide to avoid mistakes on

WRONG LISTING OF REFERENCES


In MLA format references should have
the same one-inch margins and last
name, the page number header as the
rest of your paper.
However, in Harvard MLA format the
citation and reference list are
alphabetically arranged. It consist of the
authors name and year of publication of
the reference. Ensure that you indicate
the page number of the phrase or

IMPROPER FORMAT OF ENDNOTES


In MLA format, extensive use of
explanatory notes are discouraged.
However, it is allowed to use,
endnotes MLA style, for
bibliographic notes. Bibliographic
notes are other publications your
readers may refer to.
It is recommended by MLA to have
it listed on a separate page
entitles Notes.

WRONG NUMBERING OF ENDNOTES


When following the MLA endnotes and
footnotes format, these notes are
included in-text by superscript arabic
numbers after each punctuation of
the sentence or phrase to which the
notes refer to.
Asterisk, bracket, or any other
symbols are not to be used for note
references.

IMPROPER FONT STYLES


This also what students must focus on, the use of bold,
italicized, and underlined words or phrase.
In the 2009 edition of MLA style, instead of underline you
must use italics for larger works such as magazines and
books. And use quotation marks for titles of shorter works
like poems and articles.
You can use the MLA format helper to view guidelines in
proper usage of font size and style.

WRONG PAPER FORMAT


In Writing using the format of
MLA 6 things you as the writer
should consider regarding the
paper format.

Use standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

Double space the text of your paper and


use only legible fonts like Times New
Roman.

Set margins of the paper with 1 inch on all


sides.

Indent the first line of paragraphs 1.5


inches from the left margin.

Use quotation marks and/or italics when


referring to other works in your title.

Do not make a title page for your paper


unless specifically requested.

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