The following two sample research papers are typical of the papers that might be submitted in different kinds of courses.
Reading these papers will help you learn about organizing an argument and working with sources. The papers also demonstrate the use of MLA style to document sources and the formatting of the margins, line spacing, and other physical attributes of a printed paper. The MLA’s guidelines on formatting papers appear elsewhere on this site.
The sample papers were written by MLA staff members who are experienced college teachers. You may find that the writing and documentation seem polished. Because the sample papers serve as models, we aimed to make them free of errors in grammar and documentation. Nevertheless, we hope that the papers usefully represent good student work.
This paper, on Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series, shows you how to incorporate figures into your text, style a block quotation, and cite a variety of sources. Read about block quotations in the MLA Handbook (1.3.2–3, 1.3.7).
This paper, on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and the courtship novel, features examples of how to use notes in MLA style, cite a dictionary definition, and more.
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|Why do you have to follow a specific formatting system when you write your papers?|
|According to Rosemary G. Feal in the MLA Handbook, the use of a specific format is like mathematicians use symbols to transmit information. Each field i.e. English, Physics, Chemistry, etc… designed styles to meet their specific needs. When you study in a particular field, you need to follow their specific format so that your papers are easier to understand and more organized.|
|MLA stands for Modern Language Association. MLA is often called name-and-work style. For high school and undergraduate students, the manual is called: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, seventh edition.|
|For graduate students, scholars and professional writers, the manual is called: MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, third edition.|
|APA stands for American Psychological Association. APA is often called name-and-date style. APA Format is widely used in psychology, business, education, engineering and the social sciences.The latest APA manual is called: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition.|