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MLA Formatting - Updated for MLA 8th Edition

MLA formatting and how to set up your document in both Microsoft Word and Google Drive

Patricia Hinko

on 15 March 2018

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Transcript of MLA Formatting - Updated for MLA 8th Edition

MLA Formatting
Add Your Heading
Top left of the page in the proper order
Your name
Teacher's Name
Class ("P" Period)
Date (written in
Day Month Year
You write your heading on the first line of your document
Do not put it in the "Header" section
Next, add your title and start writing your paper
After you have written your header, hit enter ONCE, center justify the line, and title your document
Once you have named your document, hit enter ONCE, left justify the line, hit "Tab" on they keyboard and begin typing
Make Sure You Cite Your Quotations!
NOTE: This is only how to cite a book with a single author. If you need to cite something else, go to the Purdue OWL web page
To do an in text citation, you will need the author's last name and the page number or numbers that the quotation comes from.
Here is how it should look:
"This is my quote. I totally made it up," (Hinko 44).
Conclusion and Additional Resources
Congratulations! You have now learned MLA format! To learn the correct format for specific types of sources, visit the Purdue OWL writing lab which can give you information on how to cite other things for your MLA works cited page as well as general writing tips!

Start With Setting Up Your Document
1 inch margins
12 point Times New Roman
Double spacing
Spacing and font in Word
Click here to change spacing. Select 2.0 for double spacing
Click here and select "Times New Roman" from the drop down menu
Make sure the number "12" is next to the font name
Margins in Word
Font and Spacing in Google Docs
Margins in Google Docs
Select "Times New Roman" from the drop down menu
Make sure the number next to it reads "12"
Select here and choose "Double" from the drop down menu
Double click on the ruler. A dialogue box will appear
Make sure "Top" "Bottom" "Left" and "Right" all read "1". Click save
Go to "File" and then select "Page setup"
Make sure all the "Margins" are set to "1". Then select "OK"
Notice how the heading starts on the first line. Do not skip lines between lines in the header.
Justifying in Word
Justifying in Google Docs
These buttons justify the page. When you do your title, select the second from the left. This is the "Center Justify" button. To type your paper, select the first button. This is the "Left Justify" button
Just like in Word, you use these buttons to justify your document. The second from the left is the "Center Justify" to be used with your title and the first on the left is the "Left Justify" button to be used with the rest of your document.
What you are quoting is placed in
quotation marks
At the end of the quotation, since it ends in a period in the novel, I end it with a
. The comma goes
of the quotation marks.
I then hit space ONCE and open my parenthesis where I then type my author's last name WITHOUT hitting space. Then, I hit space once more and
only put the page number
. Do not put "page" or "p." or "#." or anything like that.
Only put the number of the page
(Hinko 44)
Also notice, that after my citation, there is a
. This is how
your sentence should end
"Quotation," (Hinko 44)
Once Your Paper is Written, You Need a Works Cited Page!
How to Cite a Source - MLA 8th Ed.
How to Reverse Indent in Google Docs
How to Reverse Indent in Word
To set up your ruler to perform a hanging indent, go to your works cited page. At the top you should see a ruler with a hourglass shaped object. Put your mouse over the bottom triangle, not the rectangle, and drag to the half inch mark. If done correctly, your citations should look like the one in the screen shot.

you use quotations in your paper, you
need to have a works cited page
so that people can reference where you got your quotations from.
Your works cited page should be on a
separate page
so once you have finished writing,
add a new page
and begin your works cited there.
should not
have your works cited on the same page as your paper.
At the top of the new page, center justify and write Works Cited plain so no quotation marks, bold, or italics.
Hit enter ONCE and then begin your citation.
If your citation goes on for more than one line, you will need to use a
hanging indent
You should only hit enter ONCE between each citation
bullet or number
Citations should be in
alphabetical order
(ABC) by the first word in the citation
To set up your ruler to hanging indent, go to your works cited page. At the top you should see a ruler with a rectangle and triangle. First,
drag both
symbols to the half inch mark. Then,
drag the rectangle
back to the
of the margin
leaving the triangle
behind. If you have done this correctly, your citation should look similar to the image
How to Get The Ruler to Appear (if Needed)
Go to the tab marked "View"
Make sure there is a check mark next to the word "Ruler"
Click the button that says "Set as Default" to save you from having to do this each time
How to Set This as Your Default Margins
How to Make this Your Default Font Setting
While on the "Home" tab, RIGHT click on the "Normal" style and select "Modify..."
How to Make Font Default Continued
Make sure the font says "Times New Roman" and the number next to it is a "12"
Select the third set of lines to make your document doubled spaced
Make sure this box has the correct font, font size, and spacing listed
Select "Add to the Styles Gallery" and ensure that "New Documents based on this template" is selected as well
Hit "OK" to save
How to Make this Your Default Font
Go to the drop down menu under "Normal text"
Select "Update 'Normal text' to match"
How to Make this the Default Continued
Open the drop down menu again and go down to "Options"
Select "Save as my default styles"
To make this your default setting, select "Set as default" BEFORE you select "OK"
Running Header
Your essay needs to include what is called a "running header"
You write your last name and the page number in the top RIGHT corner.
You are starting with page 2
This goes in the "header" section of the document
How to Create a Running Header in Word
Double click on the top of the document to open up the header and the header tools
Make sure there is NO check mark next to "Different First Page" to ensure that your header will appear on all pages of your document
Creating Your Running Header Continued
Go to the "Insert" tab
Select the drop down menus "Page Number" and go to "Top of Page"
Select the "Plain Number 3" option.
Once the number is inserted, write your last name BEFORE the number
How to Create a Running Header in Google Docs
On the FIRST page of your document, double click at the top to open the header
Make sure there is NO check mark next to "Different first page header/footer"
Creating a Running Header Continued
Make sure you right justify your text FIRST
Next, go to "Insert" and then "Page number". Select the first option.
Look for the following core elements in your source. Each element is
listed in the order
in which they should
appear in the citation

Author of the source
Title of the source
Such as the title of the novel, article, poem, etc.
Title of the container
If the source is part of a larger whole, you need the title of that whole
Examples: the title of a collection of poetry the poem is found in, title of the textbook a piece of literature is found in, the title of the newspaper an article is found in, etc.
Other contributors
adapted by, directed by, edited by, illustrated by, introduction by, narrated by, performance by, translated by
Examples: expanded edition, updated edition, director's cut, abridged version
Examples: volume, episode, season
Publication date
For books, use the most recent copyright year
For print sources inside a container, use the page number(s) the work can be found on
If your teacher wants you to use the URL for a web source, this is where you would put it.
Note About the 8th Edition
The city of publication is no longer required since it serves little purpose in the modern age. However, if your teacher requires you include it, you would put the city of publication BEFORE the publisher.
Date of access is also no longer required. However, if your teacher requires it, you put it AFTER the location.
Punctuation Marks and Missing Elements in the 8th Edition
An element should be
from the entry if it's
not relevant or missing
from the work being documented.
The following elements should be followed by a
Title of source
The following elements should be followed by a
Title of container
Other contributors
Publication date
to the above rules is if it is the
final element
in the citation in which it then
ends with a period
Italics vs Quotation Marks
The following types of sources and containers should have their titles in
Collections of essays, stories, poems, etc.
Periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper)
Television series title
Web site
Album title
The following types of sources and containers should have their titles in
quotation marks
Short stories
Articles in periodicals
Television episode titles
Articles or postings on a web site
Song titles
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