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Formatting & References

MLA Style 8th Edition Explained

The Modern Language Association (MLA) style is typically used in academic writing for the humanities disciplines. Simply put, MLA style is a standard set of guidelines that helps writers to maintain accuracy and consistency throughout their paper.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: The MLA released its 8th edition in 2016 but some professors still use the 7th edition for their classes. The two editions are similar but it's always a good idea to ask your professor which guide they want you to use. The following instructions are for the MLA 8th edition.

Formatting: This section of MLA style concerns how the document is setup (margins, heading, font, etc). 

Key Parts of MLA Style to Know:

  • Times New Roman
  • 12 point font
  • 1-inch margins 
  • Double spaced
  • Page number and last name in the top right corner
  • Heading: Your name, the professor's name, the course, and the date

[See the template box for an example] 

ABOUT IN-TEXT CITATIONS - see the pull-down menu on the MLA tab above

ABOUT WORKS CITED - see the pull-down menu on the MLA tab above