The Modern Language Association format ensures that researchers, scholars, and learners have a uniformity when preparing their assignments. Papers and assignments in MLA should use one-inch margins on all sides. The first word in all the paragraphs should have an indentation of half an inch. The researcher must also ensure that quotations have a one-inch indentation from the margin. Most learning institutions and professors require students to use Times New Roman font size 12 to make their work more readable. The whole paper, even the jobs cited section, should be in double space. On the first page, include your name, instructor’s name, the number of the course, and date. After a double space, indicate the title without any bold, italics, or underlining and avoid placing a period. In MLA format, the running head contains the last name of the author and page number. In the works cited page, all the materials that have been used in the main body are highlighted. The sources should be organized alphabetically using the author’s last name. MLA in-text citations adhere to an author page format.
The Harvard format also follows the author-date system in the in-text citations. In Harvard format, the in-text citations comprise the last name of the author, publication year, and page number, if there is a direct quotation. The reference page is also organized in alphabetical order using the author’s last name. References that do not have authors can be arranged alphabetically using the first word in the title. The other format of the paper is a one-inch margin on both sides. The first line of the paragraph has an indentation of half an inch. All the texts are double spaced. The paper is broken down into a title page, main body, and the reference section. In the title page, titles should be centered, and page number should be placed at the header section in all the pages. The author should then put his last name in the header section before the page number.
Other types of referencing formats
The other types of referencing styles include the Chicago Turabian, Oxford, and Vancouver style. The Vancouver style is applicable in scientific journals. The Chicago Turabian style involves the use of double space, an indentation of the first line in a paragraph, and the use of fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman size 12. The text should be justified with a ragged right edge. All the sides of the paper should have a one-inch margin. References in the bibliography section are organized alphabetically using the author’s last name. Oxford format style involves the use of footnotes at the footer section rather in-text citations. In Oxford style, the font should be Times New Roman size 12 or 14. The paper margins are one inch except for the top where it is two inches. Oxford formatted paper should be double spaced except the reference page.