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Citations - MLA: Formatting - Essay, Works Cited, Appendix, & Sample Paper
The MLA Sample Paper Template may be used to set up your assignment. The template includes:
A sample assignment page;
and a Works CIted list in MLA format.
The Word document sample paper template may display incorrect margins. Please double check to ensure 1" margins on all sides.
Type using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word
8.5" x 11" paper
1" margins on all sides
12 pt. Times New Roman font
Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).
Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin, use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar.
Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)
Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.
If you have any endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page. Entitle the section Notes (centered, unformatted).
Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.
Label the page Works Cited (do not italicize the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.
Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
All entries on your Works Cited page must be listed alphabetically by the first component.
Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list them as 225-50.
The URL should be used by deleting http:// or https://.
Accessed date is optional.
Abbreviations Commonly Used
Placeholders for unknown information like n.d. (“no date”) are no longer used. If facts missing from a work are available in a reliable external resource, they are cited in square brackets (2.6.1). Otherwise, they are simply omitted.