Question:
How do I format a paper in MLA style?
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2018     Views: 0

Answer:

The general guidelines for formatting a paper by MLA standards are as follows:

  • Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

  • Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.

  • Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).

  • Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.

  • Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.

  • Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)

  • Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.

  • If you have any endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page. Entitle the section Notes (centered, unformatted).

This information was taken from Purdue Owl. For more in depth information on formatting a paper in MLA style visit https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/24/ 

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