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Online MLA style resources:
Format for Citing a Data Set
- Align the table flush-left to the margin.
- Label the table 'Table' and provide its corresponding Arabic numeral. No punctuation is necessary after the label and number (see example below).
- On the next line, provide a caption for the table, most often the table title. Use title case.
- Place the table below the caption, flush-left, making sure to maintain basic MLA style formatting (e.g. one-inch margins).
- Below the title, signal the source information with the descriptor "Source," followed by a colon, then provide the correct MLA bibliographic information for the source in note form (see instructions and examples above). Use a hanging indent for lines after the first. If you provide source information with your illustrations, you do not need to provide this information on the Works Cited page.
- If additional caption information or explanatory notes is necessary, use lowercase letters formatted in superscript in the caption information or table. Below the source information, indent, provide a corresponding lowercase letter (not in superscript), a space, and the note.
- Labels, captions, and notes are double-spaced.
Title of the Table
Full Citation of the Data Set in MLA format
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Call Number: Reference Collection, 1st Floor LB2369 .G53 2009 Library use only
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Call Number: Reference Collection, 1st Floor BF76.7 .P83 2010 Library use only
Rules for Writers by
Call Number: Circulating Collection PE1408 .H277 2012 3-wk loan
Publication Date: 2011-09-16