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MLA Research Paper

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Student Research Paper Sample with MLA Documentation

A Representative Student Research Paper Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Parenthetical In-text Documentation
This handout offers general guidelines for typical freshman English 111 research papers. Students must ask their teachers for the specific requirements of their assignments, however.
Students should type their papers on one side of the page. Standard margins are 1" on each side.Margins here have been adjusted to accommodate annotations (explanatory notes in the margins).
Visit the open lab for a WordPerfect template that automatically formats your research paper in the MLA style, please read the instructions located on the last page of this handout.
For editing tips, you may pick up the Practical Punctuation Guide and other handouts available at the Writing Center or at
Revised October 22,1999 This sample paper is available as a PDF document. In order to view and print PDF documents, Adobe Acrobat Reader software must be installed on your computer.

The research paper has been divided into its parts. Select the section you wish to view:
The Sample Cover Page
A Sample Outline Page
A Sample Research Paper
A Sample Works Cited Page