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MLA 9th Edition

A reference to formatting and citing, MLA 9th Edition.

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How to format an MLA Paper in MS Word - Video

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How to format an MLA Paper in Google Docs Step--by-Step (2020) - Video 

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Citing Sources

Formatting your document

Bibliographic Software

Formatting a paper

Margins: Set top, bottom, and both side margins to 1" . 

Text: Choose an easy to read font (Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial, etc.) set to a standard 12pt. size. Set line spacing to double space for the entire document. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch. Leave one space following each sentence punctuation.

Heading & Title: At the top left of the first page of the document, include (double-spaced on separate lines) you name, instructor's name, course number, and date. On the next line, center the title of the paper. 

Running header: Include last name and page number in the header section of the paper, set half an inch from the top of the document. 

Source: https://style.mla.org/formatting-papers/

Sample MLA 8th edition paper

In Text Citations

In text citations, located within the body of the paper, act as an identifier to correlate the source within the paper to the works cited document. In text citations are placed in parentheses directly following quotes or paraphrased passages.   

The in text citation contains the first word referenced in the works cited entry and the location within that source that the cited material is found, such as a page location.

Example:

In text citations can be simple, and this "quotation is just an example" (Johnson 125).

If referring to the author within the sentence, include only the page number.

Example:

As Johnson stated in his work, this "quotation is just an example" (125).