At one time another, whether for a college writing assignment, to publish a groundbreaking research paper, or when working in a professional environment, you may be asked to write something in the MLA format.
Not sure what the MLA format is? Don’t worry, that’s what this article is about! Keep reading to learn all about this writing structure, how to use it successfully, and how CloudApp can help.
The MLA format is a document organization structure that was developed and popularized by the Modern Language Association; a collection of American scholars that “promotes the study and teaching of literature.”
The MLA format was first introduced in 1951 as a way for all researchers, scholars, students, and others in the fields of language and literature to structure their research papers and assignments. By adopting one uniform approach to structure, the Modern Language Association hoped to make the consumption of information as easy and streamlined as possible.
The MLA format style guide was most recently updated in 2016. This is the eighth version published by the Modern Language Association since the format was first developed.
Now that we have a shared understanding of what the MLA format is, we can begin discussing how to use it. The following nine simple steps will teach you how to craft a document using this formatting structure — no matter which word processor you choose to use.
There you have it! Follow these nine easy steps and you’ll be able to submit all of your research papers, class assignments, and other documents in a perfect MLA format.
It can be difficult to grasp the MLA format without seeing it first hand. With that in mind, we’ve included a couple of MLA format examples for you to view below. Notice how each of the elements previously discussed is included.
These two examples clearly illustrate what documents in the MLA format should look like. If you’re new to this formatting style, we suggest comparing your final paper to them to ensure you’ve formatted your work in the correct way.
Now, let’s switch gears a little bit and talk specifically about MLA format annotations. Annotations are important elements of many research papers and other documents that regularly use the MLA format.
In the next few sections, we’ll explain what annotations are, how to use them in the MLA format, and a handy annotation tool you can use to make the entire process smooth and painless.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we’ll take a quick minute to define what an annotation is. According to ThoughtCo., an annotation is:
“A note, comment, or concise statement of the key ideas in a text or a portion of a text and is commonly used in reading instruction and in research.”
There are many different ways to annotate a document and different best-practices depending on the kind of document being annotated. In the next section, we’ll cover how to annotate in the MLA format that we discussed earlier in this article.
The MLA format, unsurprisingly, has specific requirements for annotation. In most cases, these annotations will occur in the bibliography section of any research paper or report you happen to be working on and will be used to cite books, articles, and other resources necessary for research purposes.
There are two types of annotations to be aware of:
When writing annotations in the MLA format, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind, beyond the type of annotation you’re creating.
Here’s one of our favorite annotation techniques examples from Columbia College:
Follow these basic rules and guidelines and you’ll be able to easily write annotations in the MLA format and properly cite the works you used to craft your paper or report.
Before we let you go, we want to address one more thing. Namely, how CloudApp can make the crafting of annotations in the MLA format much more convenient.
If you’re not familiar with CloudApp, it’s a revolutionary visual communication tool that combines a webcam and a screen recorder, GIF creation, and image annotation features in one powerful and easy to use package that’s sure to boost your productivity. Plus, it’s free to use!
When it comes to modern annotation methods — especially as they pertain to the MLA format — there isn’t a better tool than CloudApp. Keep reading to learn how our tool can be used.
Annotating your work with CloudApp couldn’t be simpler. Just follow these directions and you’ll be up and running in no time!
Are you part of the Apple faithful? The following four steps will allow you to easily annotate just about anything — images, reports, research papers… the list goes on!
If you’re a windows PC user, you can use CloudApp also. The process is largely the same as described above. But we’ve included a separate set of instructions for clarity:
And that’s it! Whether you use a Mac or Windows computer, you can use CloudApp to quickly annotate your work in the MLA format — or any other format you might like to use.
The MLA format is an important writing structure to understand for anyone publishing research reports or completing class assignments. It’s even used in professional environments from time to time. Fortunately, you now know everything you need to know to use MLA successfully.