MLA format template
Learn how to follow the MLA template, based on the eighth and most recent edition, published in 2016. You can also download our MLA format template to use as a guide for your own paper.
Sample MLA paper
If you want to edit the Google Docs Template, go to the top-left corner and click ‘file’ and ‘make a copy’.
MLA format outline
There are several general requirements for an MLA format paper including margin sizes, spacing and font.
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MLA format template: first page of paper
- Only include a title page if your supervisor or university states that you should
- On the first page, include your name, supervisor’s name, course name and date in the top left-hand corner — all double-spaced!
- The title should be centred above the text and in the usual MLA format font and font size applied throughout your paper
- Include double spacing between the information in the top left corner and the title, then again after the title before the main body of text
MLA format bibliography: Works Cited
- Name the page “Works Cited” and centre the title at the top of the page
- Follow the same formatting in terms of margins, spacing and font and font size as throughout the rest of the paper
- Use hanging indents for works cited that cover more than one line of text
- Use a hyphen to indicate page ranges
- End all entries with a period
- Capitalise titles of works, aside from conjunctions, prepositions and articles
- Italicize the titles of longer works (e.g. books) and place quotation marks around shorter works (e.g. articles)
- Alphabetize the list of works cited (Microsoft Word can do this for you)