MLA Format – MLA Works Cited

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mla format MLA Format guidelines for perfect research papers! Throughout your student life, you have to write many research papers. The completion of each of your papers is an honor of your academic success. Be proud of your education achievement. When you write your research paper, depending on the field of your study, the format you need to use varies. Why are there so many formats available? According to Rosemary G. Feal in the MLA Handbook, the use of a specific format is like mathematicians use symbols to transmit information. Each field i.e. physics, chemistry, etc… designed styles to meet their specific needs. When you study in a particular field, you need to follow their specific format.

Some Existing Formats:

Format:Fields:
MLA FormatUsed in English, foreign language, literature courses, humanities.
APA FormatUsed in social sciences, education, engineering and business.
Chicago FormatUsed in history, economics and social sciences.
AAA FormatUsed in anthropology and ethnography.
CSE FormatUsed in biological sciences.
AMA FormatUsed in Biomedical sciences, medicine and nursing.
ACS FormatUsed in chemistry.
AIP FormatUsed in physics.
Bluebook FormatUsed in American academic legal writing.

MLA Format Guidelines:

This website discusses about MLA Format with guidelines and examples so you can properly format your academic paper and cite your sources. I hope this site helps and best wishes!

MLA Format GuidesSample MLA Papers

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Jeanine October 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm

This helped. Thanks!

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BabyBlue January 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Wishing everyone good luck in school!!!

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Austin January 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

In MLA format, I don’t understand why everything on the page has to be double spaced; the heading especially. When double spaced the heading itself takes up half of the page. Start a word document and put the margins at 1” then change the paragraph settings to DOUBLE SPACED (even the heading), Times New Roman at 12 font.

Please comment!

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Stephen January 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Less crowded, easier to read, more pages to turn in ^-^

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Tom January 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

Do you have to introduce the paper? Like they don’t know what you are talking about…

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Cindy January 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The beginning of your paper, or the first paragraph, is your introduction.

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Amanda January 18, 2012 at 2:41 am

I am a failure :(

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Stephen January 18, 2012 at 3:13 am

Hello Amanda! Don’t give up sis, I hope this helps motivating you: Abraham Lincoln never quits

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Dr. Anil January 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

The skills you obtain from writing papers will be helpful later in your professional career so don’t give up. Take advantage of your school time and practice.

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Jthuma March 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

Thanks, Dr.

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Joe January 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

Naw you good.

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Dr. Gaylord February 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Dr. Anil, holla at cha boy! ;)

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Kbenny February 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I don’t know how to set up a Work Cited page :(

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Stephen February 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Hi Kbenny,

It is not hard at all. Check out this link for instructions. Check out the example here, the Works Cited list is on Page 7. Let us know if you have any questions. Take care.

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Becca February 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm

So long since I have done any of this. How do you actually cite in this style? In text or end notes???? Losing my mind.

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Stephen February 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hi Becca,

It is in-text. Check out some examples here. Hope you’ll regain the basics soon :) Take care.

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Jovell March 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Thanks.

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Saad March 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Question: May you please explain to me about and “Introduction”, “Hook”, and “Thesis”, please?
Thank you.

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Melissa March 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

When using mla format, is it required to have 5 paragraphs?

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Vania March 7, 2012 at 4:10 am

If there are 2 authors in a paper, what should we write on the header?

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Stephen March 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hi Vania, use the word “and” to separate the authors.

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David B. March 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

About 4 years ago my 6th grade teacher, Tim “Madwords” Madden, taught us the useful acronym Soft Tacos So Delicious for the heading meaning Student Name, Teacher Name, Subject, Date and now as I write an essay 4 years later I still remember it and it still helps. I miss having him for English!

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LIB March 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Yes, this was helpful, thanks.

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Kevin April 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

This is the best site ever.

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Shellie April 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

What is the deal with spaces after the period? When I was in school it was 2 spaces after a . Now it seems to be 1, what is the offical way to do it?

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Stephen April 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hi Shellie! The MLA Manual recommends one space after a period but it said if we would like to use two spaces, we are free to do so. Just be consistent throughout the paper.

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Kyle April 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I used to be good at writing, until I took an arrow to the knee!

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Victoria October 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Thank you so much! I am giving this link to all of my students.

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Matt October 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I love it.

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Mikayla October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

This is hard ):

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Angelia Bugg December 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

This was a BIG help! You broke it down very simply, and I really appreciate that!

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Zedd January 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

This was a BIG help! You broke it down very simply, and I really appreciate that!

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Sadie January 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

On my note cards, if i don’t know what the subject is for my note, what do i put if i don’t want my teacher to yell at me?

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Donna stransky September 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Can you make lists with mla?

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John October 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Thank you.

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