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MLA Documentation & Format

MLA Documentation and Format: What you need to know to keep from losing your mind or reputation

The dreaded P word. Plagiarism. It’s not a four-letter word, but it’s just as naughty. The hard truth is, maybe you didn’t even mean to plagiarize, but ignorance is not an excuse. The good news is that we’re going to unpack everything you need to know to avoid plagiarism, give proper credit to your sources, and do so in a way that presents you as a respectable and honest writer.


This class will examine proper documentation using MLA or Modern Language Association format. Please double check with your curriculum or full-time teacher to make sure you should use MLA. There are other formats, including APA and Chicago Style, that are also commonly used by some academies and colleges. However, MLA is perhaps the most commonly used style guide for middle and high school and is what this course will discuss.


We’ll also include MLA formatting practices. They are different than documentation practices but just as important for getting the highest marks possible on your essay. Correct essay format could make the difference between letter grades.


This course is ideal for 7-12th graders because the same practices apply across the grade level for citing sources in MLA format. It’s also a perfect refresher course for adults who are returning to the classroom themselves or wanting to help their student understand the importance of proper documentation and format.

Course Outline

Module 1: Plagiarism 101

Module 2: Parenthetical Citations

Module 3: Works Cited Entries

Module 4: Putting It All Together

Module 5: MLA Essay Format