MLA format uses an author/page, in-text citation, meaning the author's last name and the page number from which you are quoting appears in the text, and a complete reference appears in the Works Cited list at the end of your paper. This handout is intended to be a brief overview of basic MLA style. Citing Sources in the Text: While there are several acceptable citation formats, most scientific literature uses the Name-Year citation format. Sources are cited in the text, tables, and figure legends as the name of the author (or authors) followed by the year of publication, both enclosed within parentheses. And speaking of the first line of text, it must always be flush left. The only difference between a board book or picture book submission and a chapter book submission is that you add a centered chapter header under the title on the first manuscript page, and on the first page of every subsequent chapter. Text Should Ragged Right, not Justified: Ragged Right means your text doesn’t line up perfectly against the right side of the page the way it does on the left. In a published book, text is often Justified, but that’s after editing and proofreading and final formatting.