Research papers that use MLA format do not include a cover page unless requested by your instructor. Instead, start with the information shown at the top of this page. Do not bold the title or use all capital letters. Capitalize the first and last words of the title, and all principal words. If your paper includes a subtitle, separate it from the title by a colon and space, as shown. For more specific guidance on capitalization, see the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition (MLA 7th Edition).
All textâ€”including titles, quotations, notes, and list of works citedâ€”uses double line spacing. Body text and note text use a half-inch first-line indent. The list of works cited uses a half-inch hanging indent. Table titles and source text use a ...view middle of the document...
If you use footnotes, consult your professor for preferred format.
For quotations of more than four lines, indent the quote one inch from the left margin and do not use quotation marks. To apply this formatting, on the Home tab, in the Styles gallery, click Quote. For shorter quotations, you can put them in quotation marks and incorporate them directly into text.
Source: This source text uses a style named â€œTable Sourceâ€, available on the Home tab, in the Styles gallery.
a. This note text uses a style named â€œTable Noteâ€, available on the Home tab, in the Styles gallery. Table notes use a lowercase letter instead of Arabic numerals to differentiate them from the notes to body content.
Fig. 1. This figure caption uses the No Indent style, available on the Home tab, in the Styles gallery. Label figures with the abbreviated â€œFig.â€ and a figure number.
The sample Works Cited list that follows starts on its own page. Just type in-text citations as you do any text of your paper. See the sample citation shown at the end of this paragraph. Note also that MLA rules for citations and references are extensive. So itâ€™s a good idea to refer to MLA 7th Edition for further information. (AuthorLastName Pages)
To see this document with all layout and formatting, such as hanging indents, on the View tab, click Reading View. To use this template when creating the outline for your paper, on the Home tab, in the Styles gallery, click No Indent.
For additional guidance on formatting your research paper, consult MLA 7th Edition as well as your instructor.
AuthorLastName, FirstName. Title of the Book Being Referenced. City Name: Name of Publisher, Year. Type of Medium (e.g., Print).
LastName, First, Middle. â€œArticle Title.â€ Journal Title (Year): Pages From - To. Print.