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A proofread sample: learn the MLA research paper format
If you’ve been assigned a paper or essay to be written in MLA format, you’ve likely found or been given a set of guidelines by which to write your paper. Let’s have a look at a sample passage and discuss how to make it MLA format friendly.
A sample passage
Here is our sample:
The Myriad virtues of a ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet, also called the ketone diet, is one that inspires a person’s body to “produce ketones in order to directly burn fat cells for energy instead of burning carbohydrates for energy.” This diet requires one to eliminate carbohydrates from his diet almost completely and consume more protein and fat to redirect the body’s course of energy consumption. How much of each category one should consume to enter ketosis depends on his height and weight, body fat percentage and level of activity. There are many tools and calculators available online to help determine which proportions are right for each person.
There are several things incorrect or altogether missing from the above passage, such as the following:
- MLA format calls for a left-justified header that includes your professor’s name, your name, the name of the class, and the date in day-month-year format. You see that this is entirely missing from the sample.
- There should be a right-justified header containing the writer’s last name and the page number of the document.
- The title should be centered and all words except articles and some prepositions should be capitalized. The title should be in normal text, not italicized or bold or underlined or anything else.
- The very first sentence includes a quote, which tells the reader and the instructor that the writer borrowed someone else’s words. That means that there should be an in-text citation at the end of the sentence. In-text citations belong in parentheses at the very end of the sentence but before the punctuation mark. The parentheses should contain the last name of the author whose work you are citing followed by the page in the work cited on which you found your quote, fact, etc.
- The last page of your paper must be a works cited list, at which point you will expand on the information alluded to in your in-text citations. This page should be titled “Works Cited,” that title also in plain text and center-justified. Entries on this page must be listed from A to Z according to the last name of each author.