MLA Style is the format used by the Modern Language Association. Most papers written for classes in the arts and humanities use MLA style; instructors in other disciplines may also prefer MLA format.
In the text of a paper:
In the Works Cited list and in-text citations:
Capitalize the first and last word of the title; all nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions; and the first word after a colon. Do not capitalize articles, coordinating conjunctions or prepositions unless they are the first or last word of the title.
"Explaining the Relation between Birth Order and Intelligence"
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
Use italics for:
Coming of Age in Samoa; Psychology Today; WebMD
Some consider the movie John Wayne's tour de force.
Do not use italics for emphasis unless it is necessary for clarity.
Within the text of your paper, write out numbers that:
Use numerals for numbers that:
You may also use numerals when your work uses frequent related numbers, such as statistical data.
When writing a range of numbers, for example on your Works Cited list, use the full number for both the beginning and end of the range for numbers under one hundred; use only the last two digits of the ending number for larger numbers, unless this would create confusion: 27-86; 131-35; 297-316
Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Paraphrase or summarize source material whenever possible; that is, put the material in your own words. Remember to identify the source for paraphrases and summaries, just as for quotations.
Use quotation marks for:
Use apostrophes or "single quotation marks" for quotes inside quotes:
Max Stark points out, "The difference between 'annoyance' and 'harassment' is clear."