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ENC 1101 - Prof. Geerling: MLA Template

Steps to Setup Word for MLA

  1. Change font to Times New Roman, 12 pt.
  2. Under Page Layout - Choose Margins. Set to Normal (1" on all sides).
  3. Under Home - Paragraph - Click tiny arrow in lower right corner - Under Spacing, Choose Double - Select box for "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style" - Make sure "0 pt" is selected for "Before" and "After." 
  4. Go to Insert - Header - Page Numbers - Select Top of Page - Plain Number 3 - Enter last name next to page number, leaving one space between your name and the number - Close Header.
  5. On first line, left justified, enter:

    Your Name

    Your Prossor's Name

    The course you are writing this for

    The date

  6. Press Enter - Select Center - Type Title of the paper in regular font (do not bold, underline, italicize, or use quotation marks).
  7. Press Enter - Press Tab to indent for your first paragraph. Remember to indent for each new paragraph.

Sample First Page in Word Document Set for MLA

Screenshot of  MLA Paper

MLA:Works Cited

When creating your Works Cited Page, remember to:

  • Begin the Works Cited on a new page, but number consecutively. If the last page of your essay is page 3, the Works Cited is page 4

     

  •  Alphabetize each entry by first letter of the entry

  •  Use italics for all titles of books, magazines, films, etc.

  • Use quotes around any part of a larger entity -  titles of poems, short stories, and articles (example: "Title of Essay." Title of Anthology from Where that Essay Came)

  •  You will need to include the URL on internet sources - do not include http:// 

  •  Indent all lines of each citation that follow the first line (called "hanging paragraph")

  • If you're citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but was retrieved from an online database, you should type the online database name in italics.  You will also need to include the original Year of publication, volume (vol.), number/issue (no.), and pages (pp.).

 

(Tips courtesy of Owl at Purdue)