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					COLLEGE ESSAY FORMAT
   FOR YOUR PAPER
  Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
              Guidelines
           Gayle W. Griggs

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  Paper (MLA + APA)
 Use unlined 8 ½ x 11”
  white bond, not erasable
  paper

 Staple all pages!
 Include your rough draft
  after your final draft

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Font (MLA + APA)

  –Use only black ink
  –Times New Roman
  –12 Point Standard type



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                    1 inch

         Margins (MLA + APA)
1 inch
           Margins – leave a 1”       1 inch

            margin on all sides of
            the paper
           Do not justify the right
            side of the page
                   1 inch




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    Spacing and Punctuation symbols
             (MLA + APA)
   Double-space between all lines so that

    you can easily revise your work and your

    professor can write in comments

   Do not leave gaps between




    paragraphs, lines or sections of your

    paper




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Spacing and Punctuation symbols (MLA
               + APA)
         Use one space after:

.   period        ? Question mark
,   comma         ! Exclamation
-   hyphen             mark
:   colon        #    Number symbol
;   semi-colon   &    And symbol


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                                  Griggs 6

               Header (MLA)
 Include a Header on every page (including
  your first page) ½ inch from the top right
  edge of the page
 The Header has your Last Name and page
  number on the top right margin of each
  page. Insert a space (use no other
  punctuation) between your last name and
  page number.

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Juana Del Pueblo                          Del Pueblo 1
Prof. Gayle W. Griggs                    *Include the
English 1234 - 123                       Header on each
30 August 2004                           page, top right
                                         margin
Identification (MLA)
    Do not include a Title Page
    In the top left margin (1”) of the first page
     of your essay include:
    –    Your full name
    –    Your instructor’s name
    –    Course Name and Section
    –    Date: number Month year

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              Title (MLA)
        Center the Title of Your Paper
 Do not underline, quote, or italicize the title
 Capitalize the 1st and last words of the title, &
  all important words (not a, an or the)
 Your title should be
   – UNIQUE
   – INTERESTING
   – IMPACTING



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                                                                                     Del Pueblo 6

                                     (MLA Sample page one)

Juana Del Pueblo

Professor Gayle W. Griggs

English 1234 - 123

29 February 2004

                                          MLA Since 1846

      Begin your paragraph by hitting the tab key; do not use the space bar. Use File-Page

Setup to set 1” margins all around. Your entire essay will be double-spaced. Use View-

Header/Footer to “run” a header with your last name, a space, and the page number. The #

sign button will make Word count the page #s for you; do not type in a number. This header

will appear .5” down from the top-right corner of every page, including your last page, which

will state Works Cited at its center, 1’’ from the top.

      Use a plain 12-point Times New Roman black font.

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 The Title Page in APA
  has:                            Title Page (APA)
  – Page Header
  – Running head for
    publication

  – Title and Byline
                                              Juana Del Pueblo
                                             Juana Del Pueblo
                                             Juana Del Pueblo
  – Institutional Affiliation         University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
                                     University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
                                     University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
                                               May Prof. Gayle W. Griggs
                                     INGL 3231-000- 15, 2004
  – Date (required for this                    May 15, 2004
                                                 May 15, 2004

    course)



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  Running Head
      (APA)
 An abbreviated title is
  used as the running
  head
 It should be flush left at
  the top of the title page
  in all UPPERCASE                       Juana Del Pueblo
                                       Juana Del Pueblo
                                University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
                               University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
  LETTERS                      INGL 3231-000- Prof. Gayle W. Griggs
                                        May 15, 2004
                                        May 15, 2004

 It may not exceed 50
                                           May 15, 2004




  letters, including
  punctuation and
  spaces
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    Title (APA)
 The title is typed in
  uppercase and lowercase
  letters
 It is centered between the               Juana Del Pueblo

  left and right margins and       University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
                                          Juana Del Pueblo
  positioned in the upper half    INGL 3231-000- Prof. Gayle W. Griggs
                                 University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

  of the page                                  May 15, 2004
                                             May 15, 2004
                                             May 15, 2004
 If the title is two or more
  lines, double-space
  between lines

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    Byline and Institutional Affiliation
                 (APA)
 The name(s) of the author(s)
  are typed in order of their
  contributions using uppercase
  and lowercase letters
 The names are centered
  between the side margins,                   Juana Del Pueblo


  double-spaced below the title       University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

                                     INGL 3231-000- Prof. Gayle W. Griggs
 The institutional affiliation is              May 15, 2004
  centered under the author’s
  name on the next double-
  spaced line
 Course number, section and
  professor’s name
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       Sample Title Page APA
                                                                Page Header - Put
                                                                5 spaces between
       Running                                                  page header and
       Head 1”                                                  number.
       from top left
       border of
       the page


                                                                Title, author(s),
                                                                school name,
                                                                and date typed in
                                                                uppercase and
                                  Juana Del Pueblo
                                                                lowercase letters.
                          University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

                         INGL 3231-000- Prof. Gayle W. Griggs

                                    May 15, 2004




Source: http://www.thewritesource.com/APA/APARESEARCH.HTM
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             Abstract Page
 For our papers,
  you will NOT
  need an
  abstract




                          Source:
                          http://www.thewritesource.com/APA/APA2.HTM
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     Page Header
 The page header is an
  abbreviated title that is
  printed at the top of all the
  pages.
 It should be a maximum of
  50 characters counting
  letters, punctuation, and
  spaces between words
 The page header includes
  the page number 5
  spaces after the title

 Center the title (upper and
  lowercase) one inch from
  the top

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                                    Source: http://www.thewritesource.com/APA/APA3.HTM
                                                Page header and page number

         Text format
 Include page
  header on each
  page
 Double space
  throughout
 Indent each new
  paragraph ½ inch
  or 5 spaces

Source:
http://www.thewritesource.com/APA/APA3.
HTM
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Sample APA Title and Text pages




           Juana Del Pueblo

   University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

  INGL 3231-000- Prof. Gayle W. Griggs

             May 15, 2004




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                         References
 For more information on APA, go to these
  sites:
  – http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_apa.html#Examples
  – http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/bibliography_style_handbookapa.htm
  – http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/social_sciences/sample.html

 For more information on MLA, go to these
  sites:
  – http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_mla.html
  – http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/MLA/bibliographymla.htm
  – http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/humanities/sample.html



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