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Essay Format

Essay Format: MLA, APA, Chicago

  Chicago/ Turabian MLA APA AMA
Fonts Times Roman , 12-point  for text and 10-point for notes 12-point . no clear preference 12-point or 10-point. no requirement for the typeface.  Not specified
Indents  0,5 inch, MLA block quotes 1 inch
Right Justification justify without leaving large gaps between words.  Manuscripts submitted for publication use a ragged right margin  Do not justify the lines of your paper at the right margin  Not specified A ragged right margin is preferred 
Spacing The text is double-spaced. Block quotations, notes and references, captions, and long headings single spaced with a blank space between items  Double space everything, including long titles that may wrap to a second line.  Single space within the abstract, notes, titles and headings, block quotes, tables and figures, and references (everything but the main text), double space before and after each single spaced block. Double space the text,  single space  block quotes, references,  abstract.  Space once after all punctuation . 
Page numbers  Every page beginning a major section, at the bottom center of the page 3/4  inch from the  edge.  Other pages - upper right corner double spaced above the text.  required on every page.The header and page number go inside the margin space, 0,5 inch from the top margin  Every page starting with the title page. Do not change numbering systems through the text, Page numbers are required on every page: Number pages consecutively. 
Emphasis Italics Preference for underlining wherever you might use italics.  Italics Italics
Footnotes  Start on the page where they are referred to the text, separated by a short rule  Each footnote must begin on a new line, are usually single-spaced, with a blank line between notes. No footnotes! Use only endnotes - if any. References in endnotes require a special style  No footnotes Rarely used, except for author affiliation and contact information - the author note. 

Essay outline format

MLA headings format

Title and Major Section

Centered

Heading Caps

b

First-Level Heading

Flush Left

Heading Caps

b

 Second level heading

 Indent

Sentence caps

b

 The third level heading

 Indent

none

 

This run-in or paragraph heading
The third level heading is just a number indented and preceding the paragraph.

 

APA headings format

Title and Major Section

Centered

Heading Caps

b

First-Level Heading

Centered

Heading Caps

b

Second Level Heading 

Flush Left

Heading Caps

i,b

 The third level heading  

  Indent

Sentence caps

i,b

Run-in paragraph heading, need not be a complete sentence but end with a period or other appropriate punctuation

 

Chicago headings format


TITLE AND MAJOR SECTION

Centered

FULL  CAPS

b

First-Level Heading

Centered

Heading Caps

b

Second Level Heading 

Flush Left

Heading Caps

i,b

 The third level heading  

  Indent

Sentence caps

i,b

TITLE dropped two inches from the top of the page
The third level heading ending with a period it need not be a complete sentence

 

AMA headings format

Title and Major Section

Centered / Flush Left

Heading Caps

b

FIRST LEVEL HEADING

Flush Left

FULL  CAPS

b

Second Level Heading

Flush Left

Heading Caps

b

 The Third Level Heading

Indent

Heading Caps

b

The third level heading is a run-in or paragraph heading

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