MLA Format PowerPoint by Mr. Walsh
What is MLA? • MLA stands for Modern Language Association • Most common style for writing papers within the libral arts & humanities (i.e., English) with respect to: • Formatting & page layout • Stylistic technicalities (quotations, abbreviations) • Citing secondary sources • Creating the Works Cited page
MLA—Why do we need it? • MLA makes it easy for your reader to navigate your paper/essay because a universal format is used. MLA standards allows YOU to: • Give readers structure so they can follow your ideas and topics • Keep your reader’s attention by not distracting them with unfamiliar formatting • Maintain “neatness in your paper” • Organize secondary sources & prevent plagiarism • Present sources for follow-up
Sections General Rules & Formatting Paper In-text Citations (will be coming) Works Cited Page (will be coming)
Basic Guidelines Font: Times New Roman (preferred), Arial, Calibri Font Size: 12 point (always) Margins: 1” on all four sides Title: center of paper Spacing: Double space throughout body of paper Page number: beginning on page 1, upper right hand corner followed by last name Title of books: italicized always Paragraph: press TAB button to indent first line of each paragraph by .5” Title pages are forbidden
Formatting/Setting up first page • On the upper left hand corner of the page type: • Student’s name • Teacher’s name • Course name (Eng 8) • Date *One space between each line *Do not stray from this order. 5 points will be deducted off your grade!
Title of Document • After setting up the first four lines on the upper left hand side of your paper, press enter twice and press the center align button • Type the title of your paper • No bold • No underline • No larger fonts Press enter twice and tab once to begin typing first paragraph
Your first page 1” Name, Teacher, Class & Date Page # & last name title Indent 1st line 1” 1” 1” Last sentence is thesis
Using Microsoft Word to format paper in MLA Originally I wanted to show you a youtube video of how to actually format your paper, but WPS does not permit youtube, and I couldn’t find anything anywhere else….. So I will show you instead!