First Name Last Name
17 March 2014
Title NOT in bold, NOT underlined, NOT in quotation marks
This is a format for writing an MLA research paper. Notice that it is double spaced with no extra spaces between paragraphs. There should be a one inch margin all of the way around. Insert a header at the top right with your last name - include the page number by going to insert, select the page number, and choose the top of the page. Put the page number to the right after your last name. Traditionally, you would use Times New Roman font because it is easily read. Use the 12 point font. Make sure that you do not justify or center your text. If your teacher requires something different, follow his or her directions.
Indent each new paragraph. Make sure you do not have an extra space between the paragraphs. In a correctly formatted research paper, you need to use in-text, parenthetical citations. To do this, you will first paraphrase information you took from another source. At the end of that piece of information, you will, in parenthesis, indicate the name of the author and the page number from which you got the information, and it will look like this (Humes 3). If you got the information from a website and did not have a page number, it would look like this (Humes). If there were no author, you would use the title (shorten it if it is really long) of the journal article (“English Fun” 5) or the book (English Fun 13) with the page number and the appropriate title punctuation. Notice that the period at the end of the sentence goes after the parenthesis. Sometimes you might use the author’s name in the sentence, and then you would not have to put it in the parenthesis. You would still need the page number, though. It would look like this: As Humes states, English can be quite fun (5).
A long, exact quotation gets indented an extra inch to form a block quotation. Do that when it is more than 3 lines long. This should be done rarely since most of the time you will paraphrase large chunks of information. A block quotation is appropriate when you are analyzing a poem or piece of prose, for example. Notice that it looks like a block. When you write the parenthetical citations for block quotations, you put the period BEFORE the parenthesis like this. (Humes 3)
After the last paragraph in your paper, you will need to insert a page break for your Works Cited page. The Works Cited page needs to be at the end of your document. The words “Works Cited” should be centered on the page with no quotation marks. The resources you used in the paper should be listed alphabetically (by author if there is one or by title if not). You need to use a hanging indent for your sources as well. This page is also double spaced with no additional spaces between each source. Make sure that your bibliographic information follows the correct MLA format. You can see a Works Cited example on the next page. The easiest way to format your Works Cited page is to use the copy/paste feature in Easybib while in the Google Chrome browser. The formatting will be perfect that way.
"About Banned & Challenged Books." American Library Association. American Library Association, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
Boston, Rob. "Fanning The Flames: The "Golden Age" Of American Book Burning." Humanist 68.4 (2008): 36. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
Ockerbloom, John M. "Banned Books Online." Banned Books Online. University of Pennsylvania, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.
Witherbee, Amy. "Point: Democracy And Censorship." Points Of View: Censorship & Democracy (2013): 5. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.