How to Create Proper MLA Formats

Published On: September 30th, 2016·By ·

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Do your students create documents in Google Docs? Are they looking to create proper MLA formats for their work?

How to Create Proper MLA Formats

Jerry Swiatek shares how to set proper MLA formatting inside Google Docs.

In the above 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community trainer Jerry Swiatek explains step-by-step how to create proper citations and formatting inside Google Docs.

Jerry covers how to set up your document correctly from the start — the easiest way to make sure your document is formatted correctly. He covers margins, font, font size, line spacing, and other elements of style. You may even want to share the above video with students, and let them reference it when setting their own formatting.

For more detailed information about using Google Docs in the classroom, take a look at this video inside SimpleK12's Teacher Learning Community, Digital Writing: Collaborate, Reflect, and Publish. In an era of texting, tweeting, Facebook updates, and blogging, digital writing is a necessary skill for success beyond the classroom. Join published author Catlin Tucker to learn how you can use Google Docs, blogs, asynchronous discussions, online journals, and other formats to teach digital writing. Discover how to foster collaboration so you can eliminate piles of paperwork while engaging students' higher order thinking skills.

Do you use Google Docs with your students? Let me know if you found this video helpful in a comment below.

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About our How to Create Proper MLA Formats Presenter:
Jerry Swiatek is a Google Certified Innovator, as well as a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. He works with teachers and students helping them integrate technology into their classrooms. Click here to look at more videos from Jerry.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at

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