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MLA Format

Citation Guide
South Pasadena High School

MLA Format

This guide is intended to be used as a basic reference for MLA citations. Copies of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition can be found in the school library at 808 MLA.

Formatting Your Paper
  • With the exception of page numbers, all margins (Top, Bottom, Left & Right) should be set at one inch.
  • Use an easily readable font – Times New Roman 12 pt. font is preferred
  • Leave one space after periods or other punctuation (unless otherwise instructed).
  • Double space throughout the paper (including your heading)
  • Do not use a title page. Headings should be aligned on the left with your name, your instructors name, course title, and date each on separate lines
  • Center the title of the paper. Do not underline, italicize, bold or put in “quotation marks”.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph ½ inch from the left margin (MLA recommends using the Tab key).
  • Page numbers should be in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top. Type your last name before the page number.
  • Tables and illustrations should be places as close as possible to the text they relate.
  • If using endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page.
Works Cited

Your list of Works Cited should start on a new page at the end of your paper. Use these rules when creating your Works Cited.
  • Continue the page numbering from the body of your paper.
  • Center the title, Works Cited, an inch from the top of the page.
  • Double space between the title and your first entry.
  • Alphabetize entries by author’s last name. If no author; alphabetize by title (ignore A, An, The).
  • If an entry runs more than one line, indent the following line(s) ½ inch.
  • Double space your entire list, between and after each entry.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: A.A. Levine Books, 1998. Print.
  • Name(s) of authors or editors
  • Title of book italicized.
  • City of publication, name of the publisher, and year of publication.
  • Medium of publication (Print).
  • Edition (if 2nd edition or later).
  • Volume number (if applicable).
  • If citing a specific chapter in a book, include the page numbers of the chapter.
Journal & Magazine Articles (Print)

Blount, Roy, Jr. "Mr. Lincoln Goes to Hollywood." Smithsonian Nov. 2012: 46-53. Print.
Name(s) of authors.
  • Title of article in “quotations marks”.
  • Title of journal or magazine italicized.
  • Volume number (journal).
  • Issue number (if available).
  • Date publication (journal articles = year only).
  • Page numbers of the article
  • Medium of publication (Print).
Journal & Magazine Articles (database)

Bordewich, Fergus M. "Face the Nation." Smithsonian Vol. 39, No. 6. Sept. 2008: 60+.

SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 01 Nov 2012.
  • Name(s) of authors.
  • Title of article in “quotation marks”.
  • Title of journal or magazine italicized.
  • Volume number and issue number (for journal articles).
  • Date of publication (journal articles = year only).
  • Page numbers of the articles originally published in print.
  • Name of the database italicized.
  • Medium of publication (Web).
  • Date of access (day, month, and year).

"Library of Congress Home." Library of Congress Home. Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2012. .
  • Name of author or editor (if available).
  • Title of the work italicized if independent; in “quotation marks” if it is part of a larger work.
  • Title of the website italicized.
  • Publisher/Sponsor of the website. If not available, use n.p.
  • Date of publication (day, month, & year). If not available, use n.d.
  • Medium of publication (Web).
  • Date of access (day, month, and year).
  • The URL is optional for MLA format (ask your teacher). If you include the URL enclose it in angle brackets and include a period at the end (see example above).
Interview (Personal)

Smith, Jack. Personal interview. 14, September, 2012.
  • Name of interviewee.
  • ·Medium of interview (Personal interview, Telephone interview).
  • Date (date, month, year).
Map/Chart/Images (Web)

"Church Of Global Warming." Cartoon. Frugal Cafe Blog Zone. Frugal Cafe, 28 Dec. 2010. Web. 1 Nov. 2012. .
  • Treat the citation as if it were an article or book.
  • Add a descriptive label (Map, Chart, Photograph, Television) after the title and before publication information.
  • Title of database or Web site (italicized).
  • Medium of publication consulted (Web).
  • Date of access (day, month, year).
  • URL is optional (see instructions under web site).

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.

The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2010. Web. Date of access.