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I am trying to write a paper in proper MLA (Modern Language Association) format, but I am having trouble understanding how it all goes together. Is there an example document or template for MLA (with citations, including parenthetical) for (La)TeX? I find incomplete examples all over the place and I just can't seem to put it together correctly.

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Do you mean MLA style citations? If so, use the biblatex-mla package. If you mean a paper for a class, there isn't a very good format around, but the following might be sufficient: biblatex and mla-paper making weird headings. – Alan Munn Sep 5 '11 at 4:10
When had to write a paper in MLA style, I found all the templates on the web insufficient, so I hacked together the format on my own. I didn't use any automatic bibliography packages/tools, though. – doncherry Sep 5 '11 at 8:23
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If you need MLA-style citations for an article or paper, use the biblatex-mla package.

If you are looking for a specific document class for a term paper for a class that needs to be in MLA style there isn't a very good format around, although there is the mla-paper package. To use the mla-paper package with biblatex-mla see this question here: biblatex and mla-paper making weird headings.

Since the kinds of formatting required for a term paper may be quite relaxed, it might be better to just format your paper yourself using standard packages such as titlesec plus the setspace package for double spacing (which is often required by professors.) than to use mla-package.

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For most academic work, I find Ryan Aycock's MLA package sufficient. I've had problems citing URLs, movies and DVDs with biblatex-mla.


Good luck.

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