essay date format
Margins: According to the MLA, your essay should have a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, left, and right. However, for this course, just keep the default margins in Word.
Below are guidelines for the formatting of essays based on recommendations from the MLA (the Modern Language Association).
Incorrect: On January 4, 2005 Ella was born.
One of the most challenging aspects of writing the date is knowing whether you should use a comma. It all depends on the format.
I’m writing a letter to the NC Ins. Commissioner’s office . Is it acceptable to use 12/22/2019 instead of writing out the month December?
- Thursday, October 3
- Tuesday, August 6, 2019
- The 21st of April, 2019
When referring to a specific date in the month-day date format, use cardinal numbers (one, two, three) rather than ordinal numbers (first, second, third). This may feel counterintuitive because we normally use ordinal numbers when we “speak” of dates. For example, one would say January first two thousand seventeen but write January 1, 2017.
If you use a construction using of, it is fine to use an ordinal number. It is also fine to use an ordinal number when referring to a specific day without reference to the month.
However, people and/or subjects have preferences for certain formats – so make sure you check out what formats your lecturers, teachers, textbooks use first before making your own choice of format.
There is no actual official accepted format but a good rule of thumb is use words for one through to nine and digits for 10 and above. The main thing is whatever you decide, whether it’s the rule of thumb above, all words or all digits – keep it consistent.