MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION
MLA format refers to the Modern Language Association's guidelines for writing formal papers. In other words, it is the
association's rules for formatting a research paper. These rules cover everything about the paper's format from the font face used, to the citation format.
Therefore, it is essential for all Senior Project candidates
to familiarize themselves with the paper's formatting guidelines
(i.e., the MLA format). Some help is posted on the right-side of this page. Be sure to ask your English teacher for help if there is something you don't understand.
Mastering MLA Format
• Check the sample paper at Purdue Owl to make sure
you are on the right track
• Read instructions carefully
• Ask for help if you are unsure about something
• Start your "Works Cited" page early, so you won't have to
stress later. Just add to the page as you continue to work
on your paper.
• Don't list something on the "Works Cited" page if it wasn't
cited in the text of your paper.
• Make revisions to your paper based on the feedback you
receive (revision is a part of research)
• Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an
• EasyBib.com & BibMe.org can help create your citations
(Works cited should be in alphabetical order)
• Take a break when you feel tired or are getting frustrated.
Stay positive and you will get through it!!