What is MLA?

1.)What does MLA stand for?

MLA stands for Modern Language Association.

  • Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, and Elizabeth Angeli. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 4 Apr. 2010. Web. 20 July 2010.

2.)What is the purpose of MLA?

The Purpose of MLA is to promote study and research in common literature.

  • Modern Language Associations. 2015 Modern Language Associations, 20 Dec. 2013.

Web. 16 Jan. 2015. <http://www.mla.org/mla_constitution>.

3.)Why do we use MLA in English?

We use MLA in English to specify guidelines and format manuscripts in writing.

  • Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, and Elizabeth Angeli. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 4 Apr. 2010. Web. 20 July 2010.


4.)How do you format a paper using MLA? What are the requirements?

  • Type your paper using a computer and standard 8.5 - 11 in

  • Double Space

  • Understandable font (Times New Roman)

  • Font size should be 12pt.

  • One space between punctuation marks

  • Margin should be set to 1 inch on each side

  • Indent every paragraph, use tab key instead of the space bar

  • Create a header that reads the page number ( Page number on first page may vary)

  • Use Italics for titles

  • End notes should be included on a separate sheet of paper before the works cited

    • Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, and Elizabeth Angeli. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 4 Apr. 2010. Web. 20 July 2010.

5.)What is a Works Cited page? How do you format a Works Cited page?

A Work Cited page is used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. Your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.

6.)How do you cite a book source? How do you site an internet source?

  • Capitalize each word in the title of the books and magazines. Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc, but do not capitalize articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle: Gone with the Wind, The Art of War, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.Put authors in capital letters also and alphabetical order. Alphabetize works with no known author by their title; use a shortened version of the title in the parenthetical citations in your paper.
  • To cite a website do Last name, First name. "Article Title." Website Title. Publisher of Website, Day Month Year article was published. Web. Day Month Year article was accessed. <URL>.
  • "How to Cite a Website in MLA." Http://www.easybib.com/. © 2001-2014 Imagine Easy Solutions, LLC, n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2015. <http://www.easybib.com/reference/guide/mla/website>.

7.)What is an in-text citation? (Use it when citing your sources)

In-text citations: Author-page style. MLA format follows the author-page method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text, and a complete reference should appear on your Works Cited page.