MLA Format Sample Paper, 7th Edition

by Stephen on January 30, 2012 · 19 comments

in MLA Format, Research Paper Guide

Sample research paper written following the style guidelines in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition:

mla format sample paper

MLA Format Sample Paper, First Page.

MLA Format Sample Paper, Second Page

MLA Format Sample Paper, Page 3

MLA Format Sample Paper, Page 4

MLA Format Sample Paper, Page 5

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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Yvonne February 15, 2012 at 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 at 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 at 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.


Unknown February 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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


Stephen February 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hi Unknown 🙂

Please visit here: MLA format works cited


Bam Prakash Rai February 22, 2012 at 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 at 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


Caroline February 27, 2012 at 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 at 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>.


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Nisha March 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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


Stephen March 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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


Confused Student September 19, 2012 at 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.


S B Davis April 19, 2013 at 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.


Delilah June 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

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


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



Carol December 18, 2013 at 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.


Anita February 8, 2014 at 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….?


Donna March 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

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


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