What is MLA

By : Gaby and Hailee

What Does MLA Stand For?

MLA stands for Modern Language Association. (MLA Formatting and Style Guide)

What is The Purpose of MLA?

The purpose is to help readers easily find the sources in the Works Cited page that correspond to your referenced passage (Formatting the Works Cited Page)

Why Do We Use MLA in English?

We use MLA in English so that we do not plagiarize and so we give credit to the original authors. (MLA Formatting and Style Guide)

How Do You Format a Paper Using MLA?

  • Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.

  • Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).

  • Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.

  • Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.

  • Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)

  • Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis. (Formatting the Works Cited Page)

What is a Works Cited page? How do you Format a Works Cited Page?

Works Cited page is when you put outside sources into your own writings. (MLA Formatting and Style Guide)

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How Do You Cite a Book Source? How Do You Site an Internet Source?

Book: The basic information of a book includes author(s), the title of the book, and the publication information.


(How to Cite a Website in MLA)

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What is an In-Text Citation?

Using the in-text citations when putting outside sources into your writing. “In-text citations point your reader toward the full citations in the works cited page.” (MLA In-Text Citations)


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"MLA In-Text Citations." Roane State. Roane State Community College, n.d. Web. <http://www.roanestate.edu/owl/MLA-In-Text-Citations.htm>.

"How to Cite a Website in MLA." Easy Bib. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://content.easybib.com/citation-guides/mla-format/how-to-cite-a-website-mla/>.

"MLA Formatting and Style Guide." Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 4 Apr. 2010. Web. <https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/>.