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Giving credit to a book, article, speech or other resource is called citing or creating a citation and is required to avoid plagiarism. Your instructor may ask you to cite in MLA, APA, Chicago, or other formats.

Paper Format

Formatting Your Paper in MLA

When an instructor tells you to format your paper in MLA, this has to do with your spacing, font size, and margins. We've included a few templates that already have the formatting set up for you. 

Google Docs Templates

Microsoft Word Templates

Formatting Your MLA Paper

How do I make a hanging indent in Word?

1. Highlight the citaiton with your cursor. 

2. Right click. 

3. Select Paragraph.

4. Under Indentation, select Special and Hanging.

Animated gif of creating a hanging indent in Word. Highlight the full citation. Right click. Go to Paragraph. To to the Special drop down menu, select Hanging. Select Okay.


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