MLA format/Research

Formatting Papers & Internet Research

Papers written for CCA courses follow the MLA format.  This page is provided as a quick reference for students when writing.  For more detailed information visit

All papers should have these formatting characteristics:

  • Times New Roman or Helvetica
  • 12 pt Font
  • Double Spaced

Basic MLA formatting for the first page.  MLA does not use title pages for non-research papers.  Click image to enlarge.

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MLA formatting for Bibliography (a.k.a “Works Cited”).  Click image to enlarge.

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Creating the individual entries of a bibliography are easy using the website


Other formats for 6-12th grade students:


Homework and handwritten assignments use this format.

Research Papers with title page and outline follow the example given at this link




Online Research Guidelines

The local library provides an online portal with an abundance of reliable journals, books and encyclopedias accessible from your home/school and organized by age group.  Students can have 30 days of free access before parent permission is required.  Parent’s can visit any local library to sign the form that will allow their child to continue to have access to the research portal after the 30 day trial period.

The Library of Congress also provides many primary documents in a digital format.  You can access the LOC at this link

When using online sources that are not found through a library portal, choose reliable sources that:

  • Have an author with expertise in the field
  • Are published by an organization that focuses on that topic
  • Do not allow the public to contribute directly (such as a blog)
  • Is supported by an organization that specializes in the field
  • * Is also available in print (US News and World Report)
  • * Does interviews with experts
  • * Is peer reviewed

* when possible

All work should be your own or properly used and cited…

Be sure to use quotes and a citation when copying someone’s work directly.  If you are putting the information into your own words, be sure not to use the same sentence structure as the original source.  Sometimes students think that changing a few words and then putting the source in the bibliography is enough.  This is plagiarism… even when you give proper credit.  Your teacher is there to help you if you are having trouble.  Here is how plagiarism is described in the Student Handbook.

  1. Turning in someone else’s work as your own
  2. Copying words or ideas from someone without giving credit
  3. Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks or citing it incorrectly
  4. Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  5. Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

In addition to other consequences, the student will receive a “0” on the assignment.  Future occurrences could result in failure of the course or expulsion.