Titles might end with a question mark or an exclamation mark if that is appropriate, but not in a period.
Titles written in other languages are capitalized and punctuated according to different rules, and writers should consult the MLA Guide or their instructors.
Paragraphs should be indented half an inch; set-off quotations should be indented an inch from the left margin (five spaces and ten spaces, respectively, on standard typewriters).
The MLA Guide says that "the research paper must be double-spaced," including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited. At the top of the first page, at the left-hand margin, type your name, your instructor's name, the course name and number, and the date -- all on separate, double-spaced lines.
MLA-Style Bibliography Builder: Create Works Cited Entries by Filling in a Form If you prefer a more narrative explanation, see Purdue OWL’s handouts for how to create a bibliography entry for a book, an article in a periodical (such as a journal or newspaper), or an electronic source (such as an email, web page or a You Tube clip).
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