Below are guidelines for the formatting of essays based on recommendations from the MLA (the Modern Language Association).
Fonts: Your essay should be word processed in 12-point Times New Roman fonts.
Structuring your essay according to a reader’s logic means examining your thesis and anticipating what a reader needs to know, and in what sequence, in order to grasp and be convinced by your argument as it unfolds. The easiest way to do this is to map the essay’s ideas via a written narrative. Such an account will give you a preliminary record of your ideas, and will allow you to remind yourself at every turn of the reader’s needs in understanding your idea.
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Before we move on to the APA essay format, it is important to distinguish the two types of formatting. LetвЂ™s go through the similarities first:
Footnotes: The Chicago format requires footnotes on paraphrased or quoted passages.
Like APA, Chicago style begins with a title page, and it has very specific format rules for doing this which are laid out in the chart below. After the title page may come an abstract, depending on whether you’re writing a research paper or not. Then comes the essay itself. The essay can either follow the introduction → body → conclusion format of MLA or the different sections included in the APA section. Again, this depends on whether you’re writing a paper on research you conducted or not.
APA stands for the American Psychological Association. This format type is most often used for research papers, specifically those in behavioral sciences (such as psychology and neuroscience) and social sciences (ranging from archeology to economics). Because APA is often used for more research-focused papers, they have a more specific format to follow compared to, say, MLA style.
Some key requirements for writing a good essay (besides having a clear and efficient structure) are ensuring a logical flow of content and smooth transitions but also using compelling evidence taken from trustworthy sources. A lot depends on how captivating/ original your information is, so focusing on content quality is crucial.
There are many different ways to write your references because there are now so many different types of media. Consult a style guide in order to find out more. In the meantime, you can look at our essay format examples: