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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 18 January 2017

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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
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).
Congratulations! You have now learned MLA style! 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 "Calibri" or "Arial"
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 Drive
Margins in Google Drive
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 Drive
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!

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
How to Cite a Novel with One Author


Title of Book

City of Publication

Year of Publication

Medium of Publication
A few things to notice
The punctuation is important. It helps to separate the parts of the citation.
Title should be in
. This program is unable to show italics.
Do not
underline the title. Only
use italics
Hanging indent is only used if the citation
goes onto another line
. If it is on one line, you
do not need
to force something onto a second line.
The medium refers to
how you access
the novel
If it is a
hard copy
of the book, it is in a
medium. If it is an
, use the
as the medium (PDF e-book, Kindle e-book, NOOK e-book, etc)
If you read it on your computer, phone, etc, but it is the Kindle edition, cite it as a Kindle. With the e-book, the citation
refers to the edition
not what device you read it on.
The year of publication refers to the
most recent
copyright year.
How The Chosen would look
Potok, Chaim. The Chosen. New York: Ballantine Books, 1967.
How to Reverse Indent in Google Drive
How to Reverse Indent in Word
To set up your ruler to hanging indent, go to your works cited page. At the top you should see a ruler with a
shaped object. Put your mouse over the
bottom triangle
, not the rectangle, and
to the half inch mark. If done correctly, your citations should look like the one in the screen shot.
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
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