What is MLA?

By: Jahleal Brown & Ivy Scales

MLA - Modern Language Association of America

"The object of the association shall be to promote study, criticism, and research in the more and less commonly taught modern languages and their literatures and to further the common interests of teachers of these subjects."


How to Format Your Paper Using MLA

MLA Tutorial #1: Basic Paper Formatting

The Setup

You format a paper using MLA by not making a title for your paper unless specifically requested, placing your name, your instructor's name, the course and the date in the upper left corner, double between the title and the first line of the text, use quotation marks and italics when referring to other peoples work in you title (just as you would in text), create a header in the upper right corner to include your last name, space the page number.

What is a Works Cited page? How do you format a Works Cited page?

A Works Cited page is the page that lists all of your citations in alphabetical order.

What is an in-text citation?

MLA in-text citations are made with a combination of signal phrases and parenthetical references. A signal phrase introduces information taken from a source (a quotation, summary, paraphrase, or fact); usually the signal phrase includes the author’s name. The parenthetical reference comes after the cited material, often at the end of the sentence. It includes at least a page number (except for unpaginated sources, such as those found online).

In-text Citations