MLA Formatting: How Do I Do: A Notes and Footnotes Page

This resource can help you with questions you may have around MLA; this document will show you have to properly format in-text citations, form block quotes, structure a cover page, etc. Think of it as your MLA "cheat sheet"!

What Are Notes and Footnotes Pages?

Here is some information you should know when formatting your notes and footnotes pages:


          An MLA notes page is a new page that goes at the end of your writing, before your work cited page, where you list notes or explanations you would like your reader to know when going through your paper, but it would have been too much if you had put it in your written work. MLA does not encourage extensive and elaborately detailed notes or explanations in your writing, so they encourage the utilization of a notes page where you can direct your reader to these additional thoughts and commentaries; here are some guidelines that you can follow when forming your notes or footnotes page:


  • Footnotes are indicated by an in-text, subscript number that comes after the punctuation of your sentence or statement. This number will correlate to a matching number on your notes or footnotes page, with the explanation or commentary you are wanting to say or reference


  • Do not use an asterisk or any other symbol to signify a footnote


  • Your notes page must be made on a new page that is separate from your writing; it should be found at the end of your work, before your work cited page(s)


  • Your notes page should be headed with the title “Notes” at the top center of your page


  • This page should also include a continuation of your page count


  • All your references must be in numerical order, as they are mentioned throughout your writing


  • Make sure that you are following MLA outlines when utilizing notes and footnotes

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