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Writing and Citing: MLA 8th Edition: MLA

MLA 8th Edition

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Getting Started

Welcome to the Guide for MLA 8th Edition! 

Please use the blue bar above to select the type of source you would like to cite.

The MLA style is most commonly used to format research papers and cite sources in Liberal Arts and Humanities. This research guide will provide you with examples of the most commonly used resources. The tabs above will present examples of work cited pages, in-text citations, as well as a formatting example. 

If you are still unclear on proper citations, please contact your campus librarian or use Ask A Librarian for a quick chat.

Core Elements & Formatting

The Core Elements of MLA 8 are as follows:

  1. Author(s)
  2. Title of the source (Book, chapter, article title, etc.)
  3. Title of container (Book, periodical, journal, website, etc.)
  4. Other Contributors ( editors, translators, narrators, directors, etc.)
  5. Version
  6. Number
  7. Publisher
  8. Publication date
  9. Location (page numbers, url, doi)

Formatting Basics in MLA: 

  • Margins: Except for page numbers, leave a one inch margin on all sides
  • Font: 12 point readable font (e.g. Times New Roman)
  • Spacing: Double-Spacing throughout
  • Numbering: Number all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner
  • All citations must have a hanging indent. This means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.

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