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MLA Format Sample Paper, First Page.

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MLA Format Sample Paper, Page 6

MLA Format Sample Paper, Page 7, Works Cited Page

Source: Diana Hacker (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006).

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  • george September 30, 2021, 1:33 am

    I feel educated by this bit
    thanks a lot.

  • Cameron January 12, 2021, 1:46 pm

    Great advice

  • Maria January 15, 2020, 7:21 am

    Does it need to be double spaced?

    • Leslie January 24, 2021, 11:15 pm

      Yes, double spaced, 12 point font and times new Roman font

  • THEMBA April 30, 2018, 4:41 am

    Thank you very much for making MLA understandable.

  • tracey April 27, 2018, 7:56 pm

    When using a quote in a research paper are you supposed to correct punctuation or change words ie this particular quote used the word and a few times and the teacher grading said she used the word and too many times, use also or as well and wanted a plural form of a word instead on the one stated in the quote. Another quote she wanted a coma but there was no comma in the quote. She lost points on her grade due to this.

  • Andrew February 23, 2018, 3:17 pm


  • netra February 20, 2017, 1:13 am

    How can I cite the lines cited by the author from anothre book or article?

  • Steve May 18, 2014, 9:55 am

    Big help, thanks.

  • Donna March 26, 2014, 11:21 am

    What is the rule about widow/orphan for research papers – particularly in mla format?

  • Anita February 8, 2014, 6:17 pm

    How do I know what words go into parenthesis after I have quoted or pharaphrased? Is it the first word of each work citied or….?

  • Carol December 18, 2013, 10:19 pm

    I am writing a paper comparing two songs for a music class. If I am using song titles in the paper how should they be formatted, also band or artist names.

  • Ray'vion October 9, 2013, 12:21 pm


  • Delilah June 3, 2013, 5:18 pm

    How do you incorporate quotes from articles into the essay and cite them directly in the essay?

  • S B Davis April 19, 2013, 11:43 pm

    The above sample essay is OUTDATED. It is from the 6th edition, not the 7th. The tale-tell clue is the Works Cited page. Current MLA guidelines no longer require URLs for internet sources but DO require identification of the type of source (print, web, film, etc.). This is very important for source identification in any student or professional essay. Omission of the source type usually results in major point deductions from the instructor..

    Please update this sample document! The in-text citations are correct, but the Works Cited page is completely wrong.

    Respond: Thank you Davis. This paper has been updated to follow the style guidelines in the latest MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition.

  • Confused Student September 19, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Thank you for making the MLA process a little easier! I would love to see a sample paper that’s not a full research paper, maybe just a response essay? HS students are asked to write these frequently but I haven’t seen any sample papers that are not research papers. Thanks again for making MLA format more understandable.

  • Nisha March 31, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Friends, can you tell me where to find paper style for cbse 7th standard?

    • Stephen March 31, 2012, 1:03 pm

      Hi Nisha, check out a CSE sample paper here. Googling “CSE format” should show some very useful results.

  • Tai Whoang March 16, 2012, 2:42 pm


  • Caroline February 27, 2012, 1:21 pm


    How do I cite a magazine article that is found on a website, but not on the official magazine’s website? In other words, someone else typed up a magazine article from years ago on their own website.


    • Stephen February 27, 2012, 2:04 pm

      Hi Caroline,

      Here is the format to cite articles found online:

      Author. “Title of Article.” Title of Publication Date: Page(s) or Section(s), if numberedDate of Access <URL>.

  • Bam Prakash Rai February 22, 2012, 1:07 am

    How to write the work citation from the website if the writer’s name has not been given but only the title has been given? pleze somebody help me.

    • Stephen February 22, 2012, 8:37 am

      Hi Bam,

      Citation: If author is given, you cite the author’s name. If no author is given, you cite the title instead.

      Works Cited format, with author: Name of author inverted. Full Title. Publisher, Publication date. Access date URL of source.

      Without author: Full Title. Publisher, Publication date. Access date URL of source.

      Check out these links for more information: MLA Citations, Works Cited

  • Unknown February 15, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Can someone please explain the MLA format for a works cited page?
    Thanks, 🙂

  • Yvonne February 15, 2012, 11:20 am

    I have a question with which I hope you can help me. I have been searching for information on sub-titles and how they should be formatted using MLA.

    Can you please advise?


    • Stephen February 20, 2012, 1:00 pm

      Hi Yvonne,

      It was nice talking to you over email and thank you for verifying with your friend’s instructor. Together, we have developed a new page for MLA format subheadings.

    • Jamal March 5, 2012, 10:36 am

      I found an interesting website the other day that has citations from different works and it puts the citation in the proper MLA, APA format for you.

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