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Word Template

Use this Microsoft Word template for your MLA citation style paper.

Formatting Video

This 3 minute video tutorial will show you how to format your Microsoft Word document to make an MLA Works Cited page.

MLA Basics

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Most commonly used to write for the humanities

Official Publication:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th Edition)

Recommended sources:


  • Check with your professor for specific formatting guidelines.
  • Typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11")
  • Use a legible font in 12 pt. (i.e. Times New Roman)
  • 1" margins on all sides
  • ½” indent on the first line of each paragraph
  • Use one space after periods other punctuation marks
  • Include a header with the page number on the top right of each page
  • Video on how to set up your Microsoft Word document according to MLA style

Sample Paper 


  • Name, course, professor's name, date
  • Title
  • Main body
  • Works Cited

In-text citations

Use when paraphrasing and using direct quotes in the body of the paper

  • Include author’s name(s) and page number
  • Leave blank if there is no page number (e.g. webpage)
  • Sample in-text citations

Works Cited

Use when a source is used in your paper

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