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MLA 8th Edition: Basics

What is MLA 8th edition format?

MLA 8th edition format refers to a set of rules and guidelines found in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook.  The rules determine how you format your paper, cite references, punctuation, and so on.

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Basic components of MLA 8th edition format

  • Typed, double-spaced on letter-sized paper (8.5" x 11")
  • 1" margins on all sides
  • 12 pt. legible font (e.g. Times New Roman)
  • Create a header in the top right-hand corner that includes page numbers 
  • Works Cited page as a separate page at the end of the paper

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