The SFU Department of English (like English departments at most North American universities) requires that all work follow the formatting guidelines developed by the Modern Language Association, or MLA for short. Some departments at SFU use other formatting guidelines, such as APA Style or Chicago Style.
At first, MLA style formatting may seem complicated. However, as you practice following the guidelines and gain familiarity with them, you will notice that your essays take on a scholarly appearance. Professional presentation creates favourable first impressions. Whatever attention you pay to formatting will bring immediate satisfaction and probably help your grade.
The MLA Style Guide, as presented on the SFU Library website, will introduce you to MLA formatting. If you continue in English studies, you will want to purchase a writer's handbook and study MLA style in greater detail.
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—SFU Policy S 10.01, 1.3
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