MLA, or Modern Language Association, is primarily used in the humanities and liberal arts disciplines including English, Literature, Art, Philosophy, and Religion. It updates every few years, so be sure to check back for updates. MLA is currently on the Eighth edition.
There are a few things to consider when formatting your paper for MLA in Microsoft Word. View the video for a quick walkthrough and refer to our check list:
Note: Be sure to set your margins to 1 inch (usually set by default). You may want to format your Word document before you ever start typing, that way you don't have to worry about it later.
The in-text citation is a brief reference that leads the reader to the full citation of the source on the Works Cited page. In-text citations generally contain the first element listed on the works cited page followed by the page number the information was found on. The first element is typically the author's last name, but when no author is present, you would use the work's title instead (use a shortened form if it's a long title). If the source doesn't have page numbers, only include the first element.
|Type||Template||Example||Works Cited entry|
|Source with an author||(Author's last name page number).||(Stoker 110).||Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Wordsworth Classics, 1993.|
|Source with no author or page number||
|("MLA Style").||"MLA Style." Purdue OWL Online Writing. Purdue University, 2016.|
Always put your punctuation after the closed parentheses.
The Works Cited page will be the last page(s) in your paper. This is where the full citations of the sources you consulted will be listed. MLA citations are made up of these Core Elements:
For a thorough breakdown of each element, please refer to the MLA Handbook shown on the left.
A few notes about formatting the Works Cited page:
Note: To change to a hanging indent, go to the Paragraph menu we used to change to double spacing. Under Indentation there is a Special drop down menu. Select Hanging, click OK and you're done!
Last name, First name. Title of Book. Publisher, Year of Publication.
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Wordsworth Classics, 1993.
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, issue, year, pages.
Krishnan, Lakshmi, and Daniel Marchalik. "Physicians, Oaths, and Vampires." The Lancet, vol. 394, no. 10203, 2019, pp. 1001-1001. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32098-7.
"Title of webpage." Title of entire site. Distributor of website. Date published. URL (without http://)
Lundman, Susan. "How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow, www.ehow.com/how_10727_make-vegetarian-chili.html. Accessed 6 July 2015.
"MLA Style." Purdue OWL Online Writing. Purdue University, 2016.