mla paper example
Finished your assignment? Use this checklist to be sure you haven’t missed any information needed for MLA style.
It can be used as a template to set up your assignment.
Typical MLA style papers have two sections:
Click on the link above to be taken to the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. The OWL has information on how to format your papers, craft your citations, and provides tutorials on how to do everything in between.
MLA Paper Format:
- Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
- Double-spaced lines
- One-inch margins
- Your Name, Your Professor’s Name, Your Class, and the Date should all be in the upper left corner of your paper, each on separate lines.
- The title of the paper should be centered on the next line after the date. The title of your paper should not be italicized, underlined, or put in quotation marks. Use standard title capitalization when writing your paper title.
- Your last name and the page number should be in the upper right corner of the Header.
The following formatting rules can be found in the MLA Style Center.
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Center the title on the next line. Follow the rules for capitalization. Do not italicize, underline, or bold the title. An exception is when your title includes a title. Example: The Attitude toward Violence in A Clockwork Orange
Type the following one inch from the top of the first page, flush with the left margin (double spacing throughout).
- Does it say Works Cited at the top of your page, centered, and without bolding or underlining?
- Is the Works Cited page double spaced?
- Are the citations in alphabetical order by the first word/name of each citation?
- Are the citations properly constructed according to MLA style?
- Is the second line of any citations longer than one line indented half an inch? This is called a “hanging indent” in your paragraph settings.
- Does each citation in the Works Cited list have a matching in-text citation in your assignment?
- Have you given credit to other sources when you’ve quoted and/or paraphrased throughout your paper?
- Are the in-text citations properly constructed according to MLA style?
- Does every in-text citation have a complete, matching citation in your Works Cited List?