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MLA Handbook - The Modern Language Association of America
Call Number: REF 808.027 MLA
ISBN: 9781603292627
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
The Modern Language Association, the authority on research and writing, takes a fresh look at documenting sources in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. Works are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book--or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. Previous editions of the MLA Handbook provided separate instructions for each format, and additional instructions were required for new formats. In this groundbreaking new edition of its best-selling handbook, the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any type of source. Shorter and redesigned for easy use, the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook guides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It then shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list. More than just a new edition, this is a new MLA style.


What does MLA format look like?

  • Your entire paper should be double spaced including the header and Works Cited page.
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font or Calibri 11 point font only.
  • Leave only one space after punctuation marks.
  • Use italics for the titles of books but enclose poems or articles in quotation marks.
  • Use a MLA header - not a cover page.


1. Use a header on the first page of your paper with your last name and page number. This page number should be right justified. 

The top left-hand corner of your paper must include the following information in this exact order:

a.      your name

b.     your teacher’s name

c.      the name of your class (for example: French 8)

d.      the date your paper is due. (Day-Month-Year)

Skip a line between the header and the title.

The title should define the assignment or the topic of the paper. It should never, ever be the title of the book, poem, essay, or short story about which you are writing. Do not bold, italicize or underline your title. Type it in the same font and size as the rest of your paper.

 Example of an MLA Formatted First Page


                                                                                                                                                                                                       Smith 1

 Suzy Smith

 Ms. Johnson

 French 3

 28 August 2016

 Title is Centered, Not Bolded, Italicized or Underlined

      Your whole paper including the MLA Header, Title, and Works Cited pages should be double spaced.  Indent each paragraph.

You can do this by hitting the “Tab” button or pressing the space bar five times. You should always double-space your work, as well.

You can set this by using the “Paragraph” features under the "Home” button on your Word Tool Bar.


Number your pages on the top right hand side of your paper with your last name and page number. Start this on the first page of your paper.

 Example of how to make a header for your paper   

Smith 2  

      To make a header for your name and the page number, click on the Insert tab at the tool bar of Microsoft Word.  Click on Page Number.  Click on Top of Page. Choose Plain Number Three.  See the example at the top right of this box.


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