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MLA does not require a cover page but insists that specific information be included at the upper left-hand corner of your first page: your name, your professor’s name, the course name, and the paper’s due date. Information should be on a separate line and double-spaced. Include a header at the right-hand corner that includes your last name and page number.


Carolyn Klaesges                                      Klaesges 1
Dr. Ayers
14 February 2018

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In-text citations:

Books: Cite the author’s last name and the page number at the end of your sentence.

Ex. Sancho realizes that while this act is unreasonable, the act of facing the lions is incredibly brave and he replies, “He’s not crazy … just reckless” (Cervantes 444).

NOTE: If you introduce the author’s name in the context of your paper, only include the page number at the end of the sentence: Ex. Michael argues how The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles, was written with the intention for feminism to be at the “foreground” of the novel (225).

Online and article sources: cite the author’s last name (if available) and the title of the article in quotations at the end of a sentence.

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Works Cited Page:

All sources should be listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name and double spaced with no additional spaces between citations. The second line (and all following lines) of the reference should be indented (this is called a hanging indent).

Ex: Lorde, Audre. Zami, A New Spelling of My Name. Trumansburg, NY: Crossing, 1982.

TIP: To indent the second line on Word, place your cursor at the beginning of your second line and right click. Then select paragraph from the pop-up menu. Under indentation, use the special menu to select hanging. Select 0.5″.

Books: Follow the exact order and punctuation shown below. If you are missing certain information, omit it as necessary.
Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Publisher, Publication Date.

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Electronic Sources: Must have exact order and punctuation but only the items available from your source.
Author. Title. Title of Source (ex. Wall Street Journal for an article), Other contributors (translators or editors), Version (edition), Publisher, Publication Date, Location (pages, paragraphs and/or URL, DOI or permalink). Date of Access.

Ex: Michael, Magali Cornier. “‘Who Is Sarah’: A Critique of The French Lieutenant’s
Woman’s Feminism.” N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2015.

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