Great Manual On How To Write An MLA Style Research Paper On Civil Engineering

You may be surprised to find out that many disciplines don’t actually use the MLA style, and some disciplines, such as science and engineering, do not limit themselves to one style at all. So if your professor is asking you to write your civil engineering paper in the MLA format, you may or may not already be familiar with how to do this. When you’re writing a civil engineering research paper, it is of the utmost importance to get the MLA details correct. Since it is a work of research, you will want to stick as close as you can to the MLA writing style. Here is how to do it:

  1. Follow all the format rules, such as how wide to make the margins, what fonts to use, what text size to use, and most importantly, how to cite your sources both in-text and at the end of your paper. MLA style is full of little, easily overlooked rules so it will be handy to have a website open, or a book open with all the rules of MLA immediately present. Or you can even make your own checklist with boxes to check off once you’ve done all the major adjustments to the format of your paper.
  2. Ask your professor if there is anything else specific to add to the paper, such as an abstract at the beginning which talks about what the paper is addressing.
  3. In a civil engineering paper, you will want to use subheadings for each point or paragraph. Such as labeling the introduction, conclusion, and other paragraphs.
  4. If you include charts, learn how to cite them properly, and label them. You can call them “Figure 1”, “Figure 2” and so on which will make it easier to reference them in your paper as you write, and it will also make it easier for the reader, your professor or teaching assistant.
  5. The main difference between the MLA writing style and other styles is how citations are done. You want to make sure that you are creating your works cited or bibliography page and inserting your in-text citations according to the MLA style, and not, for example, the Chicago style.

Writing a thesis in civil engineering in the MLA style is hardly different than any other paper in an MLA format. The main difference is that you will most likely be including charts, adding bolded subheadings, and possibly including an abstract to the very beginning of the paper.