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MLA handbook

MLA Citation Examples

This guide will introduce you to MLA citations, both for your Works Cite page and in-text citations. It is offered in multiple file formats below.

Missing Elements - MLA

This guide will tell you exactly what to do if your resource is missing a citation element. Can't fin the author, publication date, page numbers, or something else? Use this guide to find out what to do! This guide is offered in multiple formats below.

MLA paper formatting basics

  • Typed, double-spaced paragraphs.
  • 1" margins on all sides. Indent 1st line of paragraphs 1/2" from the left margin.
  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Include a header in the upper-right hand corner that includes your last name followed by a space then page number.
  • MLA papers do not have title pages. 
  • The upper left hand corner of the first page should include (double spaced): 
        Firstname Lastname
        Instructor’s Name
        Course Number
        DD Month YYYY
  • Titles should be centered. Do not bold, italicize, underline, or place in quotation marks.

MLA research paper template

Download this 8th ed. MLA-formatted Microsoft Word, Google Document, or Pages template. Save it, erase the existing text, and type your text right into the template. Learn how to format a paper in MLA format by reading the contents of the template. The Works Cited page has been formatted with hanging indents.

MLA Sample Paper (PDF)

Created by the Purdue OWL, this example contains a sample MLA paper that adheres to 8th edition MLA Handbook.

MLA video tutorials

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