How Do I Cite This?

I realize not all of you are college students. So, for those of you lucky enough to not have to know a lot about MLA give yourselves a pat on the back. 🙂

For those of you who DO need to have an understanding of how to cite in MLA below are some tips:


Your Name

Professor’s Name

ENG 101-01

Date Due

Word Count:

Just as provided above, the heading is double spaced. The heading begins at the very top of the first page of the paper. Replace whatever course you are working on in the ENG 101-01 section. And, yes, you do need to have the correct section for your course in the heading (the -01). This information should be in your syllabus.


Top right hand corner of each page. Click on the space right before the page number and type in your last name. Your name will then appear on each page in front of the page number. Mine would be Dodge 1 on the first page.


MLA papers have a title unless you are told not to provide one. Do NOT go crazy with spacing for your title. The space after your heading is blank the very next space after that is your title space. The title needs to be in bold and all important words should be capitalized.

David Dodge

Kris Dassinger

LIT 212-01

December 10, 2008

Word Count: 1,700

Bartleby the Transcendental Hero

The space immediately following the title is left blank. The very next space is where the text of your paper begins.


The entire MLA paper is in Times New Roman 12 pt. font with 1” margins. The paper is double spaced.


You need to use in-text citations throughout your paper.

What goes inside the in-text citation (inside the parenthesis) is the FIRST thing in each of your sources on the works cited page. This is usually the author.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” (Dickens). – Please note that the author’s LAST name goes in parenthesis AFTER the ending quotation mark. The period ALWAYS follows the end parenthesis.

You should use page numbers with in-text citations whenever possible. Therefore, this citation should actually be, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” (Dickens 1). – After you use the author’s last name in an in-text citation ONCE you drop it from the in-text citation. “The seas of madness had opened” (55).


For using in-text citations with poetry you put the line number in parenthesis. “Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land” (line 1). After using whatever line comes first for your paper you no longer put the word “line” in parenthesis. “That there’s a God, that there’s a savior too” (3).


Let’s say you are writing a paper and you are using a journal article that the author’s last name is Jackson. But, you use three quotes from Jackson right in a row. Only the LAST quotation gets the in-text citation. It is assumed that every quotation before that is from Jackson.

More questions? Don’t hesitate to ask? Also, there is plenty of information to help you at including sample papers, full citation guides, and ways of asking a librarian for help.