MLA Guidelines & Rules
In 2009, the Modern Language Association, or MLA, updated their
rules and guidelines on how to format the Works Cited page. We are adapting
to those changes at Clayton, and you'll see those updates on this page. For
further assistance, we recommend that you visit Purdue University's Online
Writing Lab (OWL).
An example paper:
Guidelines & Rules
Remember these overall guidelines:
1. Margins must be 1-inch.
2. Font must be Times New Roman and size 12 pt.
3. Text should be double-spaced.
4. Header with last name and page number must appear on all pages in the
corner of each page, including the Works Cited page. Here are
5. In the upper left-hand corner, list your name, your teacher's name, the
course name, and the
due date in this order without punctuation: day month
. Again, make sure this is
6. Center a creative, interesting title without altering the font by making it boldface or
larger. Do not put
quotation marks around the title either. See the example below.
7. Leave only one space after periods and other punctuation marks.
General Notes on Good Writing Practices:
1. Do not use personal pronouns (I, you, we, etc.) in formal essays or
2. Do not talk directly to the reader.
3. Avoid "to be" verbs. These include: is, am, are, was, were, be, being,
4. Avoid starting sentences with "There are" or "There is."
5. Do not use contractions like don't, can't, won't. Spell these
contractions out (do not, can not, will not, etc.).
English 3 - Block 1
03 January 2010
Is Motherhood Instinctive or Learned?
Hallmark cards and TV movies often depict loving mothers
tiny babies in their arms while cooing gently a sweet lullaby.
smile and think, "Oh, how wonderful!" If every mother feels this way
while holding a baby, why are there so many babies and children