This sample paper shows you how to format your document and how to include your student information, in-text citations, and a Works Cited list in MLA format. It can be used as a template to set up your assignment.
The sample paper reflects the following general formatting rules for MLA:
If you are adding an appendix to your paper there are a few rules to follow that comply with MLA guidelines:
If there is no author given, your citation will start with the title of the work. You must put these citations in correct alphabetical order in your Works Cited list.
When putting works in alphabetical order, ignore initial articles such as "the," "a," or "an." For example, the title The Best of Vancouver would be alphabetized as if it started with the word Best instead of the word The.
If the title begins with a number, alphabetize it as if the number were spelled out. For example, the title 5 Ways to Succeed in Business would be alphabetized under F as if it had started with the word Five.
For example, this is how the following titles would be alphabetized:
Anthropology in Action [A]
The Best of Vancouver [B... ignore "The"]
Easy Plant Care [E]
5 Ways to Succeed in Business [F... 5=Five]
A Special Kind of Madness [S... ignore "A"]
Finished your assignment? Use this checklist to be sure you haven't missed any information needed for MLA style.
MLA 8th edition follows these three principles:
MLA 8th edition provides nine core elements to complete any Works Cited entry. It is your job to try to fill in these core elements with the information you have about a source. If any element is missing or not applicable, you can skip that element.
The 9 Core Elements
(2) “Title of source.”
(3) Title of Container,
(4) Other contributors,
(8) Publication date,
For sources that are part of a larger work, you include core element (2) “Title of source.”
(e.g., journal articles from a journal, essays or chapters from a book, webpages from a website)
For sources that are self-contained, you skip core element (2).
(e.g., books, websites, or journals)
Other contributors includes people such as editors, translators, or directors.
Note on Publisher Information:
According to p. 42 of the MLA Handbook, you don’t need to include publisher information for the following kinds of sources: