MLA Style: Paper Format


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Your short papers, essays, and research paper should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5 X 11 inches) with margins of 1 inch on all sides.  Each paragraph is indented 1/2 inch ("Format" "Paragraph")

A title page is unnecessary (unless requested for formal papers). Instead, you should list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date, double-spaced in the top left corner of the first page (one inch down from the top and over from the left margin)

Number all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin.  (In MSWord, you format this function under "View," "Headers and Footers".   Click CTRL+R to move your header to the right margin.  Type your last name, and add one space with the spacebar.  Then insert the page number using the page number icon, and close.) 

Then center your title (CTRL +E) on the line below the date with your name, and begin your essay immediately below the title.  For example:



Your works cited list should begin on a separate page from the text of the essay under the label Works Cited (with no quotation marks, underlining, etc.), centered at the top of the page. Double space all entries, with no extra or triple spaces between entries. 

Keep in mind that underlining and italics are equivalent; you should select one or the other to use throughout your essay.


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