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MLA Style Guide: Additional Resources

This Guide covers the basics of the 8th edition of the MLA Style Manual and includes sample citations and additional resources.

Online Resources: The Research Process

MLA and Microsoft Word

Did you know that there is an MLA paper template in Microsoft Word 2013? Applying the template to your document will make it easier for you to format your running header, the title page, page numbers, reference pages, etc.

  • After you open Microsoft Word 2013, click on the File button in the upper left corner.
  • Select New.
  • A window will pop up and at the top, you will see a search bar with Search for Online Templates.
  • Click in the search bar and type in MLA Style Report.
  • In the screenshot below, you will see the MLA Style Report template highlighted.
  • Open it up and click on Create to download your new template. Just delete the text in the template as you word process your document.

You must choose the template BEFORE you begin writing. And be sure to carefully proofread your final copy – these templates can save time and be very useful but they are rarely perfect!


Smarter Searching

Search for scholarly information with links to Fontbonne Library resources. If you can't access full-text, visit the Library website and request the article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and we'll e-mail it to you when it arrives.

Use Google's Advanced Image Search to find relevant photos and other images.

MLA Style Basics

Use these basic guidelines when preapring your final draft:

  • Paper: Prefer white, 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper.
  • Margins: Use one-inch margins all around.
  • Spacing: Double-space throughout.
  • Paragraphing: Indent the first word of each paragraph 5 spaces (1/2 inch) from the left margin. Indent long quotes (those more than 4-lines/40 words) 5 spaces from left margin.
  • Font: Choose a clean 12-point font.
  • Titles (books, periodicals, films, etc.) are italicized.

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