This template contains pre-settings for the essential features of MLA format: margins, indentations, font, line spacing, and widow/orphan control. Please note there are no extra spaces between paragraphs of the same style! To use this template, select "File--Save As" and save the template under a new name. Then type over the words to replace the header, information block, and title. Finally, replace the text in the body of the template by using type-over insertions, or delete the body text in blocks. (Hint: Leave the sample block quotation in place to preserve its paragraph indentation as a model. Use type-over insertions in the bibliography to preserve the hanging indentations.) Please use Times New Roman 12 point as your font. Regular quotations from the text that are fewer than four lines should be integrated into the text; set your quotation off by a comma, “and then there the quoted portion” (30). Note how the page reference is marked. If your quotation has something other than a period, “then you must use both punctuation marks!” (31). Only periods can take double duty. Here is a sample block quotation, used for quoting text over four lines long: A quotation that occupies more than four typed lines should be indented one inch from the left margin. It should be double-spaced, without quotation marks at the beginning and end of the quoted material. Its right margin should be set at 1". Its parenthetical citation should be placed after the block's last item of punctuation. ("Source" 16)
I suggest printing this template to make sure that your printer is properly configured to produce an MLA page. Look at the page formatting to see the specifics so you can set your papers up without a template!
Doe, Jane Q. "Title of an Article." Title of a Magazine 12 Aug. 1999: 23. Edelstein, Rebecca R. and Wampler, John. "Title of an Article." Title of a Scholarly Journal 18 (1987): 112-28. Lastname, Firstname. Title of a Sample Book. City:...