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MLA Style Guide: MLA 7 Format

This guide has been created to help students master the proper use of the MLA citation style.

MLA Citation Style Guide

What is MLA?

What Is MLA Style?

All fields of research agree on the need to document scholarly borrowings, but documentation conventions vary because of the different needs of scholarly disciplines. MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. Generally simpler and more economical than other styles, MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work.

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How do I create hanging indents for my works cited page?

  1. Place your cursor at the beginning of your second line, before any text
  2. Right click your mouse
  3. Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu
  4. Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select hanging
  5. Use the By menu to select 0.5"


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