Leave a 1-inch margin from the top Student’s Name 1-inch margins Times New Roman 12 point font Instructor’s Name Course Number (Ex. English 101) Today’s Date (Day Month Year) Center Title, Do Not Bold or Underline Indent ½ inch when beginning a new paragraph Double-space the entire paper, with no extra spacing between headings and paragraphs. This template explains how to setup a paper in MLA format. In the MLA format, you document research in parenthetical citations. This allows you to “acknowledge your sources by typing brief parenthetical citations in your text to an alphabetical list of works that appears at the end of the paper” (Gibaldi 142). Notice that in this brief citation the period goes after the parenthesis. You will use the author’s last name or a shortened title for unsigned works. If you used the key information (author’s last name or the title of an unsigned work) in your text, do not repeat it in the parenthesis. Gibaldi explains in a longer quotation that needs to be indented: The information in your parenthetical references in the text must match If a quotation runs more than 4 lines, indent 1 inch with no quotation marks. the corresponding information in the entries in your list of works cited. For a typical works-cited-list entry, which begins with the name of the author (or editor, translator, or narrator), the parenthetical reference begins with the same name. . . . If the work is listed by title, use the title, shortened or in full. . . . (94). After the last paragraph in an MLA style essay, force the document to begin a new page for the Works Cited page by hitting the enter key until you get to a new page. Items in a Works Cited page will be alphabetized by the first word of each entry (author’s last name or title of work). 1-inch margins on all sides Student’s Last Name 2 Double spaced Leave a 1-inch margin from the top Each entry uses a hanging indent. Lines after the first are indented a half-inch. Alphabetize citations by first element Works Cited Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Book MLA, 2009. Print. Article from a database Hatch, David. “Drug Company Ethics.” CQ Researcher 13.22 (2003): 531-544. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. News article without an author Book with 2-3 authors. “Kanye West Visits Occupy Wall Street.” WNBC.COM. WNBC, 10 Oct. 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. Marquart, James W., Sheldon Ekland Olsen, and Johnathan R. Sorensen. The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990. Austin: U of Texas P, 1994. Print. Book with no author or editor listed Single article from a web site Personal interview . Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003. Print. “MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications).” The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue. Purdue U, 2009. Web. 21 Oct. 2016. Norris, Diane. Personal interview. 27 Oct. 2016. Rogers, Chris. Capitalism and Its Alternatives: A Critical Introduction. London: Zed eBook Books Ltd, 2014. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 22 Mar. 2016. News article with author Temple-Raston, Dina. “How Close is Al-Qaida to Defeat?” NPR.org. National Public Radio, 12 Oct. 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. Journal article from a database Winslow, George. “The New Technology of Campaign Coverage.” Broadcasting & Cable. 3 Oct. 2011: 12. ProQuest. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. For more help with citations, please visit our research guide: http://libguides.mcckc.edu/citations Note: This was adapted from a handout created by Kirby Rideout of Collin County Community College.