Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.

Citation Guide

MLA Style

The following sample papers are provided by the MLA Style Center

Frequently Asked Questions    How do I cite...
  A secondary source (citation within citation)
  Personal communications from individuals (not published material)
  Multiple works by the same author and year
  Downloadable content from websites
  Government Report
  Business Databases
  eClass Materials & Course Packs
  Statistics Canada products
  Laws and Statues
  Religious Texts
  Images and Tables

 

The MLA Guide (University of Alberta) provides guidelines and should be consulted first; however, these FAQs will help clarify frequent areas of confusion. You might also want to search the MLA Style Center 

Basic Format Tutorials

          Format Feature
          Rule
Paper Size
Use 8.5 x 11 inch paper
Page Order
All pages should be numbered
Typeface
Times New Roman font, size 12
Line spacing
Double space the entire paper
Margins
Make 1 inch margins on the top,
bottom,  and sides
Paragraph Indentation
The first line of text in every
paragraph should be indented one
half inch
Works Cited Indentation
The second and following lines of
text on a reference page should be
indented one half inch.
Page Header
The page header consists of the
writer’s last name, followed by a
space, and then the page number.
MLA Paper Sections: The 2 Major Sections

How your paper should be ordered

  1. Main Body:

  2. Works Cited:

Links open "how-to" sections from MLA Style Center.

The 5 Heading Levels of MLA

 
   Level  
Unnumbered  Format
Numbered Format
Please pay attention to paragraph alignment 
All flush left with no underlining, bold, or italics
1

Flush left, Bold

Then your paragraph begins below, flush left.

         Following paragraphs should be indented

1. Soil Conservation
2

Flush left, Italics. Your paragraph begins right here

Following paragraphs should be indented
1.1 Erosion
3

                    Centered, Bold

Then your paragraph begins below, flush left.

Following paragraphs should be indented
1.2 Terracing
4

                    Centered, italics 

Then your paragraph begins below, flush left.

Following paragraphs should be indented
2. Water Conservation
5

Left-aligned, underlined.

Then your paragraph begins below, flush left.

Following paragraphs should be indented

3. Energy Conservation