How To Organize MLA Research Paper Footnotes In A Proper Way

If you are taking courses in the humanities or liberal arts realm, you will likely have to write your papers in the MLA format. It is a format that was designed by the Modern Language Association. There are several reasons why you are asked to write your paper in a certain format. The main reason is so that all papers look the same so that they can be graded on an even playing field. The second reason is because it makes them easier to read. The third reason is that if they are ever published, they all look the same.

It is very important that if you are asked to use a certain format, that you make sure to do just that. You don’t want to lose unnecessary points because you created a title page when you didn’t have to. When you are going have to organize your footnotes for your research paper, here is how to do it.

  • Citations should be in numerical order and listed consecutively. This is within the essay and the footnote citation. The numbers will be superscripted and the footnotes appear at the end of the page.
  • The entire paper will be double spaced except for the footnotes.
  • They have to be added at the bottom of the page where you cited the source and make sure to cite them fully.
  • References after the first one from the same work can just use the author’s last name and page number. If there is no name, you can put part of the title or the entire title with the page number.

How you format your paper is so important and you need to make sure that you are formatting your citations correctly to give proper credit to the source’s author. They worked hard on their piece and you want to give them the credit that they deserve. You would want credit for your hard work so be sure to give them the proper credit as well. Also, you will lose points or possibly get your paper rejected if you do not use the proper format. These papers could possibly be published and you should aim for yours to get published. That is why it is important to follow the guide exactly. The citations for different kinds of publications is different so it may be helpful to get a MLA manual to make sure that you have it done correctly.

 

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