MLA Citation Maker

There are many MLA generator programs available for you to use for free that can help you prepare your research paper.

These programs will help you create your cited pages that are compatible with MLA and many other styles of formatting.

This will help save you time and also provide you an accurate and quality Works Cited Pages.

Tool Name: Description:
CitationBuilder This very clean and easy to use citation builder by North Carolina State University. Supports MLA and APA formats.
CitationMaker This citation maker, created by the Oregon Public Education Network, is very easy to use and can cite nearly all sources you may encounter. Supports MLA style.
CitationMachine This free online tool was created in 2000 and has served millions of students and teachers. Supports: MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian.
KnightCite This fantastic, free citation generator was created by Calvin College in MI. Supports: MLA, APA and Chicago styles.
EasyBib Free automatic bibliography and citation maker for MLA format. If you need to generate for APA or Chicago citation styles then it will cost money.


Research Paper Format

The standard MLA format of a research paper utilizing the MLA Style.

To give your research paper a professional look and feel and to provide a standardized appearance to the reader the following formatting should be used.


Format Type Format Information
Paper Use white paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches.  Print on single side only.
Margins – 1 inch {top, bottom, left, and right} (1 inch = 2.5cm) – for page numbers, set at 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) from the top upper-right hand corner, flushed to the right margin.
Text Formatting – Font: Times New Roman – Size: 12 points – Do not justify the text – Double-space the paper – Leave one space after a period
Heading Begin at 1 inch from the top of the page, type: – Your name – Professor name – Course number – DateAll on separate lines. Begin your research paper title on a new line and center it.  See example on the image below, on the Sample section.

Do not: – Italicize, underline, in quotation, boldface, or type in all CAPs your title. – There is no period after your title or after any heading in your paper

Page Numbers – Place page number in all pages – Place page numbers 1/2 inch from the top-right margin – Type your last name before the page number: your last name followed by    a space then page number.
Tables and Illustrations Place tables and illustrations as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they relate. A table is labeled Table, given an arabic numeral and titled. Photograph, map, drawing should be labeled Figure (usually abbreviated Fig.), assign an arabic numeral and give a caption. See samples below.


Writing Formats

There are many different types of research format.  MLA format is very popular for research papers.

When you write your research paper, depending on your field of your study, the style of format that you should use varies depending on your field.

The question we often get is, why are there are so many different formats available?

The answer is that each academic field have their own unique qualities for describing their source media that technically makes sense to the reader and the researcher.

Current formats:

Format: Fields:
MLA Format Used in English, foreign language, literature courses, humanities.
APA Format Used in social sciences, education, engineering and business.
Chicago Format Used in history, economics and social sciences.
AAA Format Used in anthropology and ethnography.
CSE Format Used in biological sciences.
AMA Format Used in Biomedical sciences, medicine and nursing.
ACS Format Used in chemistry.
AIP Format Used in physics.
Bluebook Format Used in American academic legal writing.

MLA Style Guide

The MLA style guide specifies writing guidelines for formatting documents and manuscripts using the English language.

The MLA style provides writers and authors with a methodology for referencing sources through parenthetical citation in essays and by the proper use of Works Cited pages.

Writers who properly use the MLA formatting style guide build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their sources and their source material.

The reason to use the MLA style is to protect writers from accusations of plagiarism or copying.

The MLA style guide recommends that regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable from one another. The font size should be 12 pt.

Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks.  Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the tab key as opposed to pushing the space bar five times.