How to Add an Addendum in MLA

Sometimes, you may need to add information to your essay that is outside of your specific argument or focus, but may be of additional interest to your readers. This information should be added in the form of an addendum—also known as an appendix. However, you may be confused about how to add an appendix to your essay in Modern Language Association style.

Using Figures

An appendix is useful for adding additional information regarding some aspect of your paper that might be distracting in the body of the essay. You may use multiple appendixes, if you like. Place the appendix before the Works Cited page, and label it “Appendix” in the center of the page. If you have multiple appendixes, label them Appendix A, Appendix B, and so on. Typically, you will label items within an Appendix as Figure 1, Figure 2 and so forth, with an explanation of what you are showing your audience.

Example: Figure 1: Original engraving of “The Tyger” by William Blake.

Using Tables

You place facts, figures, and percentages into tables, labeling them as Table 1, Table 2, etc., with an explanation of what the information is.

Example: Table 1: Study of relationship between sleep and academic performance. Any new sources that are cited within these figures or tables must still be cited in the Works Cited page.

In order to reference these figures and/or tables in your text, you use parentheses.

Example: …there is intense beauty in Blake’s Work. (see Figure 1).

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