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M O D E R N L A N G U A G E S A S S O C I AT I O N
                 MLA: What is it?

 MLA is the formatting style we use here at AIS
 It helps to keep documents regulated
 This ensures that all students are producing papers
 that are styled and formatted in the same way
                General Guidelines

 Type your essay on white paper
 Double space everything
 Use 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font
 Leave only one space after punctuation
 Set all margins to one inch on all sides
 Indent the first line of paragraphs
 Create a header in the upper right corner where you
 include your last name and page number
     Formatting the 1st Page of your Essay

 Do not include a title page
 In the upper left corner of the 1st page ONLY, list
  your name, instructor’s name, course name, and date
 Center the title (no underlining, italics, quotes, or
  bold)
 Create a header in the upper right corner where you
  include your last name and page number (repeat on
  every page)
Sample First Page

   Student Last Name & Page #

         Student Name
         Instructor Name
         Course Name
         Date

                                Essay Title
         In-Text Citations: The Basics

 MLA uses parenthetical citations
 This will depend on the medium (e.g. print, web,
 DVD, etc.)
                    In-Text Example

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry is a
"spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263).
                          OR
Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous
overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263).

Both examples above, (263) and (Wordsworth 263), tell readers that
the information in the sentence can be located on page 263 of a work
by an author named Wordsworth. If readers want more information
about this source, they can turn to the Works Cited page, where, under
the name of Wordsworth, they would find the following information:
             Works Cited Example

Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. London:
 Oxford U.P., 1967. Print.
    Other Examples of In-Text Citation

One online film critic stated that Fitzcarraldo is "...a
beautiful and terrifying critique of obsession and
colonialism" (Garcia, “Herzog: a Life”).

In this example, “Herzog: a Life” is the article title
from a website. Garcia is the author’s last name.

If readers want more information about this source, they
can turn to the Works Cited page, where, under the name of
Garcia, they would find the following information:
               Works Cited Example

Garcia, Elizabeth. "Herzog: a Life." Online Film Critics
  Corner. The Film School of New Hampshire, 2 May
  2002. Web. 8 Jan. 2009.
          Formatting Short Quotations

 Text that is under 4 lines long are considered short
 quotations

Example:
 According to Foulkes's study, dreams may express
 "profound aspects of personality" (184).
          Formatting Long Quotations

 Text that is more than 4 lines is considered a long
  quotation
 Place quotations in a free-standing block of text and
  omit quotation marks
 Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire
  quote indented one inch from the left margin;
  maintain double-spacing
 Only indent the first line of the quotation by a half
  inch if you are citing multiple paragraphs
          Example of Long Quotation

Nelly Dean treats Heathcliff poorly and dehumanizes him
throughout her narration:

     They entirely refused to have it in bed with them, or even in
     their room, and I had no more sense, so, I put it on the
     landing of the stairs, hoping it would be gone on the
     morrow. By chance, or else attracted by hearing his voice, it
     crept to Mr. Earnshaw's door, and there he found it on
     quitting his chamber. Inquiries were made as to how it got
     there; I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my
     cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house.
     (Bronte 78)
               Sample Works Cited Page


                               No bold, italics, or underline for title




All works
are in
alphabetical
order

Reverse
indentation

Double
spaced

				
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