MLA Guide

    General Guidelines

    • Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper (save it to a flash drive or your GoogleDrive or Dropbox).
    • Double-space the text of your paper, and use Times New Roman font. The font size should be 12 pt.
    • 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 (which is different than the heading) 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.)  How do you omit the page number on the first page?  Google it and find out
    • Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.


     Example of a first page in MLA style
    EasyBib Model MLA Paper Formatting Guide

    Formatting the First Page of Your Paper

    • In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text.
    • Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (capitalize the important words), not in all capital letters.
    • Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in "After Apple Picking"
    • Double space between the title and the first line of the text.
    • Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor or other readers may ask that you omit last name/page number header on your first page. Always follow instructor guidelines.)


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    In-text Citations

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    Source:  The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2010. Web. 16 January 2014
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