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MLA Style 8th Edition - Overview & Basics: MLA 8th Ed Overview & Basics

This guide gives a brief overview and useful links to understanding the MLA Style structure changes in the 8th Edition.

MLA 8th Edition Template Basics - Common Citations

PNG file Template in Color for MLA Style, 8th Edition

When you have two or more authors...


More than one author or editor

Two Authors

Smith, John, and Carol Jennings.


Two Editors

Horner, Avril, and Anne Rowe, editors.

Three Authors

Wysocki, Anne Frances, et. al.                   


Three Editors

Horner, Avril, et. al., editors.  

2 Common Formats - Explained

MLA Samples Explained number 1

MLA Detailed example number 2

Formatting A Word Doc

Double-Spacing in Word

While you are in MS Word's Paragraph Settings for the Indent, activate (check) the box that says: "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style." This allows you to double-space, without double-double spacing.


Hanging Indents

Create the second-line indents of your Works Cited page, as well as manage any hyperlinks you need to include. Below are some videos that explain it - I also go over it in my Dr. P's MLA Style video.

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