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MLA Formatting Tips

MLA for Biblical Literature

This document has been prepared by Riley Librarians for sources used in Biblical Literature and similar classes that are not addressed in the official MLA Handbook.

MLA Formatting Help

Basic format rules for MLA papers

  • White, 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper. Use Times New Roman 12pt or another easy to read font.
  • One-inch margins. Indent first word of each paragraph 5 spaces (one-half inch) from left margin.
  • Double-space throughout.
  • No title page is required. At the top of the first page, at the left-hand margin, type your name, your instructor's name, the course name and number, and the date -- all on separate, double-spaced lines. The title of the paper should be centered, one double-space below that. (sample paper)
  • Indent long quotations/block quotations (those that are more than 4-lines/40 words) 5 spaces (one-half inch) from left margin.
  • A header with consecutive page numbering should appear on the upper right-hand corner of each page. It must be flush with the right margin, and one-half inch down from the top margin.Type your last name before the page number.

    View  a Sample Paper / Formatting Help from OWL (Purdue Univeristy)

MLA Basics (7th edition)

For your annotated bibliography or any works cited list

  • Book

Lastname, Firstname, Secondnameorinitial. Title of Book. Place of publication:
     Publisher, copyright year. Print.

Brasher, Brenda E. Godly Women. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1998. Print.

  • Journal article from print

Lastname, Firstname, Secondnameorinitial. "Title of Article." Title of Journal
volume.issue (year): pages. Print.

Henck, Karen Cubie. "'That Peculiar Voice': Jane Eyre and Mary Bosanquet Fletcher, an
     Early Wesleyan Female Preacher." Brontë Studies 35.1 (2010): 7-22. Print.

  • Journal article from database

Lastname, Firstname, Secondnameorinitial. "Title of Article" Title of Journal
volume.issue (year): pages. Database. Web. Date of Access (day, month,
     and year).

Henck, Karen Cubie. "'That Peculiar Voice': Jane Eyre and Mary Bosanquet Fletcher, an
     Early Wesleyan Female Preacher." Brontë Studies 35.1 (2010): 7-22. Academic Search
. Web. 2 Sept. 2010.

  • Article from web

Lastname, Firstnameorinitial, Secondnameorinitial. Title of the Work (italicized if
     the work is independent; in Roman Type and quotation marks if the work is
     part of a larger work). Title of the Overall Web Site (if distinct from title of the
     work). Version or edition used if given. Publisher or sponsor of the site; if not
     available, use N.p. Date of publication (day, month, and year, as available).
     Web. Date of access.

Wright, N. T. Women’s Service in the Church: The Biblical Basis. St. John's College,
     4 Sept. 2004. Web. 2 Sept. 2010.


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