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MLA 9th Edition Style Guide: Paper Format


This page includes sample papers, quotations and long or block quotations, Microsoft Word Setup, and Tables and Illustrations.


Quotations of four lines or less should be placed in quotation marks and incorporated into your text.

Jazz Dancer I by Laura Wheeler Waring can be described as depicting "the quintessential Jazz Age couple" (Farrington 82).

With poetry, use a / to indicate a line break.

Langston Hughes remarks,"I've known rivers / Ancient, dusky rivers."

Works Cited

Hughes, Langston. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." Poetry Foundation, 2002, Originally published in The Collected Works of Langston Hughes.

Farrington, Lisa E. Creating Their Own Image: the History of African-American Women Artists. Oxford UP, 2005.

Long or Block Quotations

Quotations of more than four lines should be indented half an inch from the left margin in a block. Do not add quotation marks.

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