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MLA Citations: Formatting

Paper Format

  • Use a standard, legible font such as Times New Roman.  Font size should be 12 pt.
  • Double-space the entirety of your paper.  Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
  • Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number.
  • Do not make a title page for your paper unless it has been specifically requested.  Instead, list in the upper left-hand corner of your first page:
    • Your name
    • Your instructor's name
    • Your course
    • The date

After the date, place the title of your paper centered on the page.  Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks.  

Sample Papers

Works Cited Format

  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your paper.  It should have the same header as the rest of your paper.
  • Center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.
  • Double space all citations.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of each citation (known as a "hanging indent").  Find video instructions on how to easily set up a hanging indent below.
  • Citations should be listed alphabetically by the author's last name or whatever word begins the citation.
  • All citations should end with a period.

How to Create a Hanging Indent