MLA Sample Pages

This set of sample papers is designed to help you format your paper or report according to the Modern Language Association (MLA). This is the style most commonly used by high school teachers.

Note: It is important to remember that teacher preferences will vary. The most important instuction you will receive will come from your teacher.

The parts of a report may include:

  1. Title page (only if your teacher asks for one)
  2. Outline
  3. Report
  4. Images
  5. Appendixes if you have them
  6. Works cited (bibliography)


MLA Sample First Page

The title and other information go on the first page of your MLA report.
Grace Fleming

A title page is not required in a standard MLA report. The title and other information go on the first page of your report.

Begin typing on the top left of your paper. Use 12 point Times New Roman font.

1. Place your name, your teacher's name, your class, and the date. Double space between each item.

2. Next, double space down and type your title. Center the title.

3. Double space below your title and begin typing your report. Indent with a tab. Note: MLA standard format for the title of a book has changed from underline to italics.

4. Remember to end your first paragraph with a thesis sentence.

5. Your name and page number go in a header at the top right corner of the page. You can insert this information after you type your paper. To do so in Microsoft Word, go to View and select Header from the list. Type your information in the header box, highlight it, and hit the right justify selection.

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MLA Outline

This image shows the format for an MLA outline

 Grace Fleming

MLA style can be difficult to understand, but many students learn easily when they see an example. The outline follows the title page.

The MLA outline should include the small letter "i" as a page number. This page will precede the first page of your report.

Center your title. Below the title provide a thesis statement.

Double space and begin your outline, according to the above sample.

Title Page in MLA

 Grace Fleming

If your teacher requires a title page, you can use this sample as a guide.

Place your report title about one-third of the way down your paper.

Place your name about 2 inches below the title.

Place your class information about 2 inches below your name.

As always, you should check with your teacher before writing your final draft to find out about any specific instructions that differ from examples you find.

Alternate First Page

The first page of a paper in MLA format contains the title.
Use This Format If Your Paper Has a Title Page Your first page will look like this if you are required to have a separate title page. Grace Fleming

You may use this format for your first page when your teacher requires one. Note: this page shows you what a standard first page looks like.

This format is the alternate format only for papers that contain a title page and is not the standard presentation.

Double space after your title and begin your report. Notice that your last name and the page number go at the right top corner of your page in a header.

Image Page

This page shows you how to create a page with an image display.
Formatting a Page With a Figure.

MLA style guides can be confusing. This page shows you how to create a page with an image display.

Images (figures) can make a big difference in a paper, but students are often a little hesitant about including them. This page shows you the correct format for inserting a page with a figure. Be sure to assign a number to each figure.

Sample MLA Works Cited List

MLA Bibliography. Grace Fleming

A standard MLA paper requires a works cited list. This is the list of sources you used in your research. It is similar to a bibliography.

1. Type Works Cited one inch from the top of your page. This measurement is pretty standard for a word processor, so you shouldn't have to make any page set-up adjustments. Just start typing and center.

2. Type in the information for each source, double spacing the entire page. Alphabetize the works by author. If there is no author or editor mentioned, use the title for first words and alphabetizing.

Notes for formatting entries:

  • Order of information is author, title, publisher, volume, date, page numbers, access date.
  • If there is more than one author, the first author name is written Last, First name. The subsequent author names are written First name Last name.
  • Book titles are italicized; article titles are put inside quotation marks.
  • If you can’t find a publisher name for an online source, insert the abbreviation n.p. If you can’t find a publication date, insert the abbreviation n.d.

3. Once you have a complete list, you will format so that you have hanging indents. To do this: highlight the entries, then go to FORMAT and PARAGRAPH. Somewhere in the menu (normally under SPECIAL), find the term HANGING and select it.

4. To insert page numbers, place your cursor on the first page of your text, or the page where you want your page numbers to begin. Go to View and select Header and Footer. A box will appear at the top and the bottom of your page. Type your last name in the top header box before the page numbers and right justify.

Source: Modern Language Association. (2009). The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.). New York, NY: Modern Language Association.