If you’re new to the research paper game, or if you have only recently been indoctrinated into writing in the good old ML of A, you might want to find a sample research paper so that you can be sure you’re not too far off from others. This is not at all a hard task to follow, so here are three places you can find good sample MLA research papers.
You’ve probably seen the old Purdue OWL dozens of times before, so here is a good place to start. Honestly, this is the be all end all for most high school and college students, and sometimes even teachers or professors will refer back to the University at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab to check up on new updates to the systems. Here you will find more than just a sample research MLA paper. You can also find a list of what to do in specific instances that are not covered in the sample research papers, such as citing speeches or television. Furthermore, in the future when you have a need to write in APA or Chicago, The University at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab will have your six with similar coverage of the formats, all up to date to the latest edition.
Yes, that Google Images. There is more than one way to write an MLA paper, even though the idea of formats for papers was created to do away with the fact that there is more than one way to write a paper at all. The truth is that a lot is still left up to personal preference, and so a quick search on Google Images will show you all the different breeds and varieties of MLA format out there, whereas the University at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab was only going to show you the thoroughbred maltese. Of course, sometimes personal flare looks less like personal flare and more like a personal mistake, so be sure to use Google Images in conjunction with the University at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab.
If you have a college that pays for a subscription to a database, then you’re in luck. If you just look up any paper of your interest, it’s more than likely going to be in one of either MLA, Chicago, or APA format, so just learn the distinguishing features of MLA and you should be a-okay!