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MLA Essay Template

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Use a New Heading When You Change Major Topics

       Within your paragraphs, you should be sure to cite your sources using in-text citations. In MLA style, these citations use the author's name and the page number on which the information appears. You should provide a citation for each fact, summary, paraphrase, or quotation you use from an outside source. If you don't do this, it is plagiarism, a serious academic offense. An in-text citation to a quote from page 12 of a book by Mark Twain would look like this (Twain 12). Then, you list your source at the end of the paper in the Works Cited list. Such citations make it easy for readers to see where you gathered your information to check it for themselves.

       Additionally, MLA style typically asks students to use a standard font (such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier New for Windows, or Times, Helvetica, or Courier for Mac) at size 12. You should not use fancy fonts, colors in the text, or excessive amounts of boldface, underlining, or italics. The whole paper should be double-spaced with smooth left margins and jagged right margins. In MLA style, the titles of books, movies, long plays, TV shows, journals, newspapers, magazines, and websites are Underlined. Short stories, poems, episodes of TV shows, and short plays are placed in "Quotation Marks." Following these conventions makes it easy for readers to recognize what you are referring to quickly and accurately.

The Conclusion Finishes the Essay

       The first sentence of the conclusion should restate the thesis statement, reminding the reader in different words what the essay has shown or proved. You should then offer a brief