This is the standard format for a research paper in the MLA style but always check the requirements with your professor.
- Leave margins of one inch at the top and bottom and on both sides of the text.
- One inch from the top of the page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructor’s name, the course number and the date on separate lines, double-spacing between the lines.
- Double-space after the date and center the title on the first page. Do not italicize or underline the title; do not use quotation marks or boldface or capital letters.
- The page number appears in the upper right hand corner, half an inch from the top and flush with the right margin.
- Double-space the entire paper.
- Indent the first word of a paragraph one-half inch from the left margin.
- Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin.
- Indent set-off quotations one inch from the left margin.
- Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark.
- There is no need for a separate title page.
- Choose an easily readable typeface.
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for various books, articles, and other sources on a topic. The annotated bibliography looks like a Works Cited page but includes an annotation after each source cited. An annotation is a short summary and/or critical evaluation of a source. Annotated bibliographies can be part of a larger research project, or can be a stand-alone report in itself.
Types of Annotations
A summary annotation describes the source by answering the following questions: who wrote the document, what the document discusses, when and where was the document written, why was the document produced, and how was it provided to the public. The focus is on description.
An evaluative annotation includes a summary as listed above but also critically assesses the work for accuracy, relevance, and quality. Evaluative annotations can help you learn about your topic, develop a thesis statement, decide if a specific source will be useful for your assignment, and determine if there is enough valid information available to complete your project. The focus is on description and evaluation.