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 Citation Machine provides a template for entering bibliographic information.  

MLA Page Setup 

  • Set the margins at 1 inch on all sides.
  • Do not create a title page.
  • Double-space your paper. Do not add extra line spaces above or below the title or between paragraphs.
  • Type a four-lined double-spaced entry at the top left margin of the first page that includes your name, teacher's name, your class, and the date. Use the format day, month, year for the date i.e. 15 January 2003.
  • Create a header (one half inch from the top and aligned at the right margin) that automatically numbers your pages consecutively. Use Arabic numbers 1,2,3 etc. Include your last name, then the page number i.e. Smith 1
  • Center your title on the next line. Do not underline or place quotes about the title. Do not change the font size or bold the letters. Capitalize only the first letter of all important words in the title.
  • The first line of each paragraph is indented one half inch.
  • Quotations that are more than 4 typed lines are indented 1 inch.  


  • Start a separate page for the "Works Cited" list.
  • Set the margins at 1 inch on all sides.
  • Center the heading "Works Cited" at the top of your page. Do not underline or place quotations around this title.
  • Except for the first line of each citation, indent all lines one-half inch from the margin. This is called hanging indention.
  • Double-space all lines. Allow only one double-space between each bibliographic entry.
  • Alphabetize the list of "Works Cited" by author's last name. If there is no author, alphabetize by the title, ignoring the first A, An, or The.
  • If there is more than one work by the same author, type three hyphens followed by a period instead of the author's name. Arrange all works by the same author alphabetically by title, ignoring the first A, An, or The.
  • Internet sources are to include as much of the following information that is known: name of the author or creator, title of the web page, name of any institution or organization associated with the site, latest update of the web site, date you accessed the source, URL enclosed in angle brackets.
  • Online databases should include the following: name of the author, title of the article, title of the publisher, date of the article, page, name of the database, name of the institution that provided the database, date you accessed the source, URL in angle brackets (only include domain portion of the database URL -- the portion before the first slash)
  • Before typing, turn off your word processor's automatic hyperlink function to avoid Web URL's becoming hyperlinks. 


Parenthetical Citations

  • When you make reference to someone else's idea, either through paraphrasing or direct quotes, you should document the source.
  • The parenthetical citations are placed in the body of the page at the end of the idea, paraphrase or direct quote.
  • The author's name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase.
  • The page number must always appear in parentheses.
  • When there is no author, use the title of the work.   Citation Machine provides a template for entering bibliographic information.