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Citations: MLA Paper Format

Information on why and how to cite your sources using APA & MLA. Includes links to useful tools and tutorials, as well as other citation styles.

MLA Handbook


A copy of this book is available at the help desk.

MLA Style FAQs

Purdue Owl: MLA

Click on the link above to be taken to the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. The OWL has information on how to format your papers, craft your citations, and provides tutorials on how to do everything in between. 

Microsoft Word: How to Set Up MLA Format 2015

Google Docs: MLA Format Essay (2016)

Writing Your Paper: MLA

Things to know before you begin:

  • Font: Times New Roman  
  • Font Size: 12 point
  • Margins:  1 inch
  • Paragraphs: All paragraphs should be indented.
  • Spacing: All of the text in your paper should be double-spaced.

Typical MLA style papers have two sections:

  1. Main Body
  2. Works Cited

See the boxes below for a breakdown of how each portion should be formatted.

Sample Paper: MLA

Main Body: MLA

Works Cited: MLA

How to Create a Hanging Indent

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