Everything You Need To Know About MLA Format

General Format:

  • 8.5 x 11 inch paper
  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman font
  • 12 pt font
  • Only one space after each period
  • 1 inch margins on all sides
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph by half an inch
  • Use a header that includes your last name and page number in the top right hand corner

The First Page:

  • In the upper left hand corner:
    • Your Name
    • Your Instructor’s Name
    • The Class Title
    • The Date (Day Month Year)
  • The title of your paper should be one double-space down and should not be bolded, italicized, or underlined
  • The beginning of your paper should start one double-space down from the title with the first line indented by half an inch

What to Italicize and Quote:

  • Book titles are italicized
  • Play titles are italicized
  • Poem titles have quotation marks
  • Article titles have quotation marks
  • Chapter titles have quotation marks

In-Text Citations:

  • When you know the author’s last name
    • (Last Name Page Number) or
    • (Last Name Paragraph or Line Number)
  • When you don’t know the author’s last name
    • (Book Title Page Number)
    • (Article Title Page Number)
    • Remember to italicize the book titles and put the article titles in quotation marks

Works Cited Page:

  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one inch margins and header as the rest of your paper
  • Label the page “Works Cited” (do not italicize or put in quotations) on the top of the page and center it
  • Double space all citations but do not skip spaces between entries
  • Indent the second line of a citation by half an inch
  • List sources in alphabetical order
  • If the source has more than one author, the first given name appears in last name, first name format and the following authors appear in last name, first name format separated by commas. The last author’s name should be preceded by an “and”

Citing Print Sources:

Book or Poem:

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book or Poem. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Print.

Magazine or Newspaper Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Print.

Journal Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Print.

Citing Web Sources:

Whole Website:

Name of Site. Sponsor or Publisher, date of resource creation. Web. Date of access. 

Web Page or Web Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Name of Site. Sponsor of Publisher, date of resource creation. Web. Date of access.

Online Journal Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Web. Date of access. 

Note: Don’t forget to indent the second line in the citation. I did not indent the examples because the indents on tumblr mobile and tumblr desktop differ starkly and I figured this was probably the less confusing way to write the information needed for a citation (trust me)

Unknown Information in Citations:

  • If the author is unknown, begin citation with the title
  • If the publisher is unknown, write “n.p.” in its place (no quotation marks)
  • If the publishing date is unknown, write “n.d.” in its place (no quotation marks)

I hope this guide is as useful for me as it it for you!


06/01 → 06/06 - ig: @focusign

Doing some more trigonometry review. I’ve summarized some of the identities that I’ve learnt so far so that they can be found and accessed easier when I need to use them again. I’ve also made a studygram which is so exciting!! I’ve linked it in this post. :-) (I know I have some unanswered asks, I’m soo sorry, I’ll try answer them asap, I’ve just been so busy!)

revised some simple math concepts today. i’ve realised that sometimes i get so used to learning more of the complex formulas and functions that i forget practical math things like long division hahaha the weather was nice today and i really enjoyed it. on the bad side of things, i clumsily slammed my pinky toe and its counterparts into the door today and i am limping everywhere now ahahaha oh whale

06/05/16 ig: @focusign

I wrote these notes yesterday. For some reason I woke up at 5 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I decided to do some chemistry lol. I made so many mistakes while writing this, so much white out was used ahh. I’ve posted so many pictures of my notes on here, I want to start posting some resources and advice so I’m working on a post!! :)
For Everyone Starting Their Weight Loss Plans Tomorrow

1- Make sure that you

  • Have accurate weight / measurements recorded [make sure you weigh yourself early, after you use the bathroom and before you eat breakfast]
  • Think about what meals you want to eat for the day.
  • Start meal prepping for the week [if you have time, cook them, if not, just write them down]
  • Pick a time when you will be done eating for the day [mines will be 7PM]
  • Pick a cheat day [if you want one]
  • Pick a “weigh in day” [ don’t weigh yourself everyday, you will stress yourself out, weight fluctuates every 24 hours or so]
  • Go food shopping
  • Download a fitness / health / weight tracker app on your phone [make sure everyday that your pedometer is turned on, it will count your steps, calories burned and miles went. ] (if you have a Samsung Galaxy you should have the SHealth Fitness app)

2- Some Helpful Tips From Me

  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise EVERY SINGLE DAY
  • Buy Vanilla Protein Powder [I use a small amount of it as a replacement for sugar / artificial sweeteners in my smoothies]
  • DON’T WORRY ABOUT COUNTING CALORIES [to me it’s tedious and as long as you watch your serving sizes, sodium intake and know that what you’re eating is already super healthy, then you are good!]
  • If you don’t have a set workout plan go on Youtube. There are so many long / short workout videos, create a playlist.
  • KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Do not feel bad that you cannot do certain moves or do something for too long. That should inspire you to want to build your stamina and endurance.
  • Set small goals. Instead of 100 pounds this year, aim for 2 pounds a week / 8 -10 pounds a month. 
  • Plan your workouts according to time. 


Please do not stress yourself out over a single thing because you will end up wanting to quit if things get overwhelming. Trust me, I know. It’s happened to me like 100 times. Some of these things cannot be done by everyone, whether it be lack of money or lack of time or even motivation. The #1 issue I have is that I feel like I’m not doing enough so I end up stopping. Some days will be better than others, do not let 1 bad day or 2 or even 3, be the reason you give up. Lastly, please remember that the idea / task of weight loss is MORE MENTAL THAN PHYSICAL. Whenever you get lazy, just think about every single day you’re uncomfortable. Think about how you’ve been trying to change for years.  Think about new clothes, the amount of energy and the new confidence and all of the new things you’ll be able to experience this year simply because you feel better about yourself…

I’d really appreciate it if you guys tagged me in your posts/ blog entries about your progress for the next few months… I’m giving out tips and advice but I myself need motivation…..

(more) random french phrases and expressions i’ve picked up from marathoning french tv shows all night

continuation of this post

  • tu veux parier ? = wanna bet? 
  • moi, c'est [nom] = i’m [name]
  • tout aussi bien = just as well / just as good
  • se mettre en colère = to get angry
  • qu'est-ce qui t'arrive ? = what’s the matter ?
  • faire l'affaire = to do the trick / to fit the purpose
  • bien joué = well played
  • en quoi puis-je vous être utile ? = how may i help you? / what can i do for you?
  • c'est à moi = it’s mine 
  • trou perdu = middle of nowhere
  • je regrette = i am sorry / i regret
  • en vrai = for real
  • mes gamins = my kids
  • on se débrouillera = we’ll manage / we’ll take care of things