Project 4: Report
MLA Guidelines

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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Below are some of the basic rules for doing a report in the MLA style. The full list of rules makes a large book!

Name info:

Place your name and the course information in a block at the left margin beginning 1-inch from the top of the page. (This is right below the default top margin.)


No title page is required. Center the title two double spaces below your name information.


Double-space all pages.


Use 1-inch margins on the top, bottom, left and right.


Each paragraph is indented in the first line by ½ inch.

Page #:

Put the page number at the right margin ½ inch above the top margin. Precede the page number with your last name, like:    Smith 4


In the body of the paper, references are placed in parentheses using the author's last name and the page number(s) where the referenced information is located, like:
 (Brown 21-24).


Only used for explanatory notes which elaborate on points discussed in the paper.

Explanatory notes:

Double spaced. Superscript each note's reference number. Use ½ inch indent.

Works Cited:

Used instead of bibliography. Use a separate numbered page. Title of the page is "Works Cited", centered 1-inch from the top of page. Double space all lines. Use a ½" hanging indent for all source entries. Author's last name goes first. Alphabetize entries.

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Word97-2003

Before you start...

Project 1: Word BasicsTo subtopics

Project 2: Auto ToolsTo subtopics

Project 3: BrochureTo subtopics
Project 4: Report 
    MLA Guidelines
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    TablesTo subtopics
    Finish ReportTo subtopics
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Example report in MLA style with 2 body pages and one Works Cited page


A citation is a statement of the source of a fact, quote, or concept. Most of your sources will be published materials of one kind or another. So, you normally have to tell the author, name of the publication, where and where it was published, who published it, and what page the material is on that you used. For example, a book reference might look like this on the Works Cited page:

 Garcia, Fernando. Computers in Outer Space. Buenos Aires: HBL Publishing, 1997. 

In the document, for a parenthetical reference to this book you would write something like  (Garcia 112)  when the fact you used from the book was on page 112.

It can get complex, however. There are guidelines for encyclopedia articles, books in a series, books with multiple authors, magazine articles, web pages, database entries, personal interviews, unpublished sources like diaries, news broadcasts, radio programs, movies, speeches… The list goes on and on.

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Report with Title and Works Cited

What You Will Do

You will create a 5-page report for World Travel Inc. of information about their special trip offers and also about trends in the travel industry. You will use parenthetical references in the text with a Works Cited page for the sources, following the MLA style. Since this is not a report for school, you can use one of the report templates!

In the exercises you will have a chance to use the full MLA format for a school paper.