Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sample MLA Works Cited List

A standard MLA paper requires a works cited list. This is the list of sources you used in your research. It is similar to a bibliography.1. Type "Works Cited" one inch from the top of your page. This measurement is pretty standard for a word processor, so you shouldn't have to make any page set-up adjustments--just start typing.

2. Type in the information for each source, double spacing between the works. Alphabetize the works by author. If there is no author or editor mentioned, use the title (as in the last example on the list).

3. Once you have a complete list, you will format so that you have hanging indents. To do this: highlight the list, then go to Edit and find the command for Hanging.

MLA Image Page/Appendix Page

Formatting a Page With a Figure

MLA style guides can be confusing. This page shows you how to create a page with an image display.

Images (figures) can make a big difference in a paper, but students are often a little hesitant about including them. This page shows you the correct format for inserting a page with a figure. Be sure to assign a number to each figure.

Alternate First Page

This format the alternate format for papers that contain a title page. Use This Format If Your Paper Has a Title Page

This format the alternate format for papers that contain a title page.

MLA papers do not typically contain a title page. If your teacher does require a title page, you should use this format for your first page.

Double space after your title and begin your report. Notice that your last name and the page number will go at the right top corner of your page in a header.

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Title Page in MLA

If your teacher requires a title page, you can use this sample as a guide.

Space 9 lines down from the one-inch top margin. This will give a 2 ½ inch top margin.

Center your persuasive MLA title 9 lines down from the top.

Space 15 lines

Center the word "by" centered on the page


Center your name on the page

Space 15 lines

Center the class name and period number on the page.

Double space

Center your teacher's name on the page.

Place your class information about two inches below your name.

MLA Outline

MLA style can be difficult to understand, but many students learn easily when they see an example. The outline follows the title page.

The MLA outline should include the small letter "i" as a page number. This page will precede the first page of your report.

Center your title. Below the title provide a thesis statement.

Double space and begin your outline, according to the above sample.

MLA Sample First Page

A title page is not required in a standared MLA report. The title and other information go on the first page of your report.

Begin typing on the top left of your paper. Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
1. Place your name, your teacher's name, your class, and the date. Double space between each item.

2. Next, double space down and type your title. Center the title.

3. Double space below your title and begin typing your report. Indent with a tab.

4. Remember to end your first paragraph with a thesis sentence!

5. Your name and page number will go in a header at the top right corner of the page. You can insert this information after you type your paper. To do so in Microsoft Word, go to view and select header from the list. Type your information in the header box, highlight it, and hit the right justify selection.

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