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EH 102: English Composition II: Citing Your Sources

English 102 composition research guide

MLA Citations

Remember that your citations are a map back to the source you used. 

For all sources, you will need:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publication Date

In addition, depending on the type of source, you may need the publishing place (book), volume (journal), section (newspaper), or date of access (web resource).

Just keep in mind ... what would YOU need if you wanted to find the article, book, or web page again?

MLA Paper Format

MLA is pretty easy to format if you can remember a few rules:

  • Don't use a cover sheet. The first sheet of your paper is the first page of your essay.
  • Number your pages with your last name and the page number in the upper-right-hand corner (see below)
  • Use 1" margins all around
  • Center your title
  • Use the heading below (name, professor's name, course, and date)
  • Double space the text
  • Use a 12 pt. font
  • Put your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your paper.


Formatting your Works Cited Hanging Indent

Formatting Page Numbering

Setting your Margins

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