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MLA Documentation. Documenting Sources using mla format. MLA Paper Format. *In MLA, there are five sections of special formatting for a paper: 1. Document Settings 2. Page Header 3. Title Block 4. Citations 5. Works Cited List. Document Settings.

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MLA Documentation

Documenting Sources using mla format

MLA Paper Format

*In MLA, there are five sections of special formatting for a paper:

1. Document Settings

2. Page Header

3. Title Block

4. Citations

5. Works Cited List

Document Settings

  • In MLA, make sure that . . .

    • --1 inch margins

    • --Double space each line.

    • --Make sure the font is 12 point, Times New Roman or Ariel

    • Note: MLA does not require a title page.

Page Header and Title Block

  • The header is the information that is present at the upper right side of each page.

    • --Number and page number

  • The title block is the course information on the left hand side.

    • Remember YMCA—Your name, My name (instructor’s name), Class name, and Age (date).

Example Page Header and Title Block

Jane Smith Smith 1

Professor Jones

ENGL 102

June 15, 2011

Title of Article


  • Citations are the way the writer lets the reader know which information is not the writer’s original work.

    • --In MLA, the author’s last name and page number is included in the parenthesis. If there is no author, the title of the article is usually used.

    • -- Punctuation comes after the citation in the sentence.

    • --Quotation marks come before the citation.

      • All quotes should be introduced. Never leave them freestanding.

    • --Quotes more than four lines long should be in block quotes.

    • --The in-text citation must match the information on the Works Cited page.

Examples of MLA Citations

  • A quote using a source with an author:

    The experience of the wife of a pilot was an isolated one. According to Wolfe, “Sometimes, when the young wife of a fighter pilot would have a little reunion with the girls she went to school with, an odd fact would dawn on her; they had not been going to funerals” (22).

    Note: If the author’s name had not been used in the sentence, the citation would look like this: (Wolfe 22).

  • A website without an author:

    • --The website title will be the identifying information of the source.

    • In 1908, over 16,000 children were lost in New York City alone (The Margaret Sanger Papers Project).

Examples of MLA Citations

A government website:

The U.S. business of telecommunications equipment now has more than 1500 companies (“Telecommunications Equipment”).

A database article:

--The source is listed by the author of the database article.

According to Barrera, bilingual education leads to higher test scores in other subjects (72).

Works Cited

  • Book with one author:

    Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff. New York: Farrar, 1979. Print.

  • A website without an author:

    • The website title will be the identifying information of the source.

    • Website title. Sponsor of site. Last updated. Medium. Access date.

    • Example:

      Margaret Sanger Papers Project. History Dept., New York U,

      18 Oct. 2000. Web. 15 June 2011.

Works Cited

A Government Website:

Title of article>Website title>Updated>sponsor>Source>Access Date.

"Telecommunications Equipment FY99: IMI981113." STAT-USA. 1999. STAT USA. Web. 15

June 2011.

Database Article

Author (last name first)>Title of article>Journal title>Volume, Issue>Year> Page numbers>Database name>Medium>Date of access (inverted).

Barrera, RebecaMaría. “A Case for Bilingual Education.” Scholastic Parent and Child Nov.-

Dec. 2004: 72-73. Academic Search Premier. Web. 15 June 2011.

More Great Sources for MLA Information

Hacker, Diana and Barbara Fister. “MLA List of Works Cited.” Research and Documentation

Online: Fifth Edition. n.d. Web. June 14th, 2011.

“MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab. 2011. Web. June 14th, 2011.

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