MLA Format Guide

  • I recommend using the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) for an incredibly in-depth, up-to-date guide to MLA format and all of its rules. 

     

    Here's a sample header format:

    Your Name

    Teacher's Name

    Class

    Due Date

    Title (Centered)

    Start your essay here, indented, one line after the title without any extra spaces.

     

    Remember your essay should be in Times New Roman, 12pt font, black ink, double spaced. No extra spaces before or after each paragraph. If you have extra spaces and you're not sure why, make sure to check your spacing settings. In Google Docs, check "Custom Spacing" -> "Paragraph Spacing." If you're using MS Word, right click highlighted text, -> "Paragraph" -> "Spacing" -> "Before" and "After."

    Don't forget to use page numbers! They should be in the top right of the page, in the header, with your last name before the number.

    If you're using citations, you must cite your sources on a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. Include the title "Works Cited," centered at the top.

    The format for citing a source in-text is:

    "Here is the quoted material, in quotation marks. Notice that there is no period at the end of the last sentence, and that the final period comes after the citation" (LastNameOfAuthor #). 

    The # above refers to page number. Use #-# format for a page range.

    Here is all of the information you must include in an MLA citation on the works cited page, along with all relevant stylistic changes and punctuation:

    Author. "Title of source." Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.

    Make sure to use a hanging indent; your first line should not be indented, but your second line and all subsequent lines should be indented one half inch.