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Citation FAQ: MLA

Frequently asked questions about APA, CSE, MLA, and Turabian citation styles

MLA Formatting

Do I capitalize the first letter of all of the words in the title in my citation?
Capitalize the first letter of the first and last words of the title and subtitle and all major words (proper nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives). Coordinating conjunctions like and, or, for, of, the do not need to be capitalized unless it is the first word in the title.

How do I format block quotes?
Block quotes should only be used when directly quoting four or more lines of text (three lines if quoting poetry). No quotations are needed around the quote, and the entire quote should be indented one inch from the left margin. The block quote should be double-spaced (even if the rest of your paper is single spaced).

What font should I use?
In general, unless otherwise specified by your instructor, 12 pt Times New Roman is the preferred font.

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