The Modern Language Association (MLA) provides the style guidelines for the formatting of research papers in a number of academic disciplines. Below is a brief overview on how to format your paper using MLA’s style guides. Unless otherwise noted by your professor, these guidelines should be followed for all papers submitted in face-to-face and online courses. Students should use Microsoft Word for all typed assignments. If you don’t have Microsoft Word, it is recommend that you use Open Office, an excellent free software package. You can download it at http://www.openoffice.org.
Paper Format Guidelines
MLA guidelines dictate that there should not be a separate title page. Every paper should be left justified and begin with the following information:
Dr. Donna Hughes
WMS 325: International Women's Issues
4 May 2011
Women's Voices and the Internet: A Global Community
Papers should have a header including the student’s last name and page number.
All citations are inserted parenthetically with the author’s last name and page number. All citations should be referenced at the end of the documents on a Works Cited page.
In order to be successful in college it is imperative to remember that "responsibility to
yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means
learning to respect and used your own brains and instincts" (Rich 26).
Note: You should not use a comma between the author’s last name and page number, nor should you use “pg.” or “p” before the page number.
Any quotation longer than four lines should be indented as a “block quotation.” The entire quotation is indented twice without “ ” quotation marks. The author’s last name and page number go in parentheses after the period.
Claiming, rather than receiving, an education means:
The student sees herself engaged with her teachers in an active, ongoing struggle for
a real education. But for her to do this, her teachers must be committed to the belief that
women’s minds and experience are intrinsically valuable and indispensable to any
civilization worthy of the name. (Rich 27)
In this model provided by Rich, both student and teacher are obligated to live up to a high
standard that gives women the credit they are due.
A reference list of all the works you cite in your paper must be included at the end of your document.
To insert a new page:
This new page should be titled Works Cited, with the title centered at the top of the page.
To set hanging indents:
Note: All sources should be cited including anything found on the Internet (i.e., Google, Wikipedia, etc.).
Sample Works Cited Page
Below is a sample Works Cited page. The type of entry is noted in parenthesis and red font; this information is for reference purposes only and should not be included on actual Works Cited pages.
Atwood, Feona. “Intimate Adventures: Sex Blogs, Sex ‘Blooks,’ and Women’s Sexual
Narration.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 12.1 (2009): 5 – 20. Web.
(journal article accessed online)
Babcock, Linda, and Sara Laschever. Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide.
Princeton: Princeton UP, 2003. Print. (book with two authors)
“Breastfeeding: the Right Start for Every Infant.” who.int/en/ World Health Organization 1
Aug. 2010. Web. 4 August 2010. (web page)
Lee, Janet and Susan M. Shaw, eds. Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist
Perspectives on Women. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Print. (edited book)
Lisberger, Jody. “What is Women’s Studies?” WMS 150: Introduction to Women’s Studies.
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. 14 Sept. 2009. (lecture)
Nick, Adina. “Why Men’s Health is a Feminist Issue.” Ms. Magazine Winter 2010: 32 – 35.
Print. (print magazine)
Valian, Virginia. Why So Slow?: The Advancement of Women. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998.
Print. (book with one author)
Williams, Christine L. “The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the ‘Female’
Professions.” The Gendered Society Reader. Eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson.
New York: Oxford UP, 2011. 389 – 401. Print. (article from an edited collection)