Always follow your teacher’s guidelines! They may differ from the following
MLA Style of Citation (using parenthetical references):
The MLA style of citation states that you cite your source within the body of your research paper (using parenthetical references).
Typically, you would cite your source by using the author's last name
with a page number within parentheses. For example, (Smith 23). You
should place this information directly after discussing the author's
ideas or information. Usually, this would occur at the end of a
are many different ways to properly cite something. For example, a
book that you are using may have more than one author. For this
citation you would list both authors' names as well as the page number.
For example, (Miller and Clark 112). Sometimes it will become
necessary for you to research how to properly cite something (the links
below will help you). You might also have to research how to properly
cite a website or a newspaper article.
information was taken from: http://owl.english.purdue.edu.
The Purdue OWL is an
excellent resource for MLA citation.
They also have sample papers for you to review. This shows you exactly how to format your paper!
three main components to a research paper:
1. The body of your paper (with in-text citations, in parenthesis)
2. The "Notes" page (This is a separate page goes directly after your paper—you will have
to set this up in Word on the References
tab.) Endnotes are different from footnotes that are placed on
the bottom of your paper. MLA format places notes directly after your
paper instead of at the bottom of your paper.
3. The "Works Cited" page
(List of resources used in your paper—this is a
separate page that is placed after your paper and after the endnotes
page. This is sometimes called a bibliography. MLA uses the title
"Works Cited" instead of bibliography.)
No title page
Do not underline titles—italicize them
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font
Leave only ONE space after punctuation
Set all margins to 1 inch on all sides
Indent the first line of all paragraphs one half-inch
Include a header with the
page number in the upper right corner (your name and number- example: Minckler 1. You can set this up on the Insert tab in Word.
How to format
the first page of your paper (remember there is no title page):
In the upper left of your paper list: your name, your teacher’s name,
the class title, and date.
Center the title of your paper. Use standard capitalization—Do not underline, use “quotes”, bold, or italicize your title. Do not use all CAPITAL LETTERS—use caps
just for the first letter of each word (with the exception of articles: a, an,
Create a header in the upper right corner a half inch from the top and
one inch from the right of your page (your last name and page number-- create this on the insert tab in Word).
How to format the "Notes" page of your paper:
You will have to go to the Reference tab
in Word to set this up. Use the title Notes in the center top of your
page. Notes are double spaced. The first line of all endnotes are
indented five spaces. Subsequent lines are flush left with the margin.
How to format "Works Cited" page of your paper:
Use one inch margins and the same header as you used in your paper (your name and page number in the upper right corner).
your page Works Cited in the center at the top of your page. Do not
italicize, bold, underline, place in quotes or use all caps.
Double-space all citations. Do not skip lines between entries.
Indent the second line of your citation by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
**Please look at the sample paper link above to get a visual of how to properly use the MLA style of citation.**