MLA Guide

This is Mr. Arnold's personal MLA guide. The first link is the MLA guide at Purdue University. It has some great information on MLA formatting. 

MLA Guide at Purdue University--click HERE. This site provides a detailed guide on how to format an MLA paper, how to properly cite sources in text and also how to complete a Works Cited Page. This site will be of great value to you you as you complete your research paper.

A great source to help you cite your sources is called Citation Machine. Click HERE check it out. This site may just become your greatest friend as it will help you properly cite your sources. 

On the first page of this is a sample first page of an MLA formated paper. Take a look. Your paper, if formatted correctly should look like just like that.

Some basics to remember.
  • All margins on the typed paper for MLA format are 1 inch. In MS Word, go to "Page Setup" and set your margins to
  • Unless told otherwise, MLA format does not usually include a cover page.
  • Everything is double spaced. To do this, before you do anything, go "format paragraph" and then select double spacing in the pull down menu that you should be able to find with no trouble.
  • The proper order for the headings
    • Student Name
    • Instructor Name
    • Class
    • Date
    • Title of Paper (this should be centered)
      • When typing your Title (your paper should always have a title), Do not type it in all caps. Nor should you italicize it or bold type.
  • When putting in your page number, DO NOT type it in in the normal body of the essay, but at the top right. You need to view "header/footer." Once you have done this you need to justify the margin to the right of the paper, type your last name, hit the space bar and then insert a page number, by selecting the page # button. Do not just type in page one. If you do it wrong every page will show the same number. If you do it right, the paper will automatically number your pages correctly

Basic guide for creating an entry into a works cited page.

Here is the order for information that you will need to create an entry into a works cited page. If, when you are creating an entry, the information requested is not available, you skip it and move onto the next entry. YOU CANNOT SKIP publication information. This is the most important because it is how someone would look up your source. Per the MLA guide at Purdue University, you no longer have to put the entire URL in the works cited page, but you do need to include the URL of the website where the information was found. After each part of the entry into the works cited page, you punctuate with a period.

last name, first name. "Title of Article." Title of Book. Title of Website. Version Number. Publisher Information including Date of Publication (day month year). Medium of Publication (Print or Web). Date you accessed the material (day month year). Website URL. 

These are the basics for formatting a paper to look right. I have not yet addressed parenthetical citations and the works cited page. I will do so at a future time. But all of that information is available at the link on the top of the page.