MLA format for writing paper

19 May

Your teacher may want you to format your paper using MLA guidelines. If you were told to create your citations in MLA format, your paper should be formatted using the MLA guidelines as well.

Follow the steps below to format your essay or research paper according to MLA whenever you use Microsoft Word.
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Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

Set the page margins to one inch.
To set the margins, select File and Page Setup from the Menu Bar.

Page Setup
From the Page Format dialog box, set each margin at 1″ inch by entering the number or using the up or down arrows beside each margin setting.
The first word in every paragraph should be indented one half inch.

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 each distinct from one another. The font size should be 12 pt.

Leave one space after periods and other punctuation marks, unless your instructor tells you to make two spaces.
You can either create a title page using EasyBib’s Title Page creator or omit the title page completely and use a header.

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.)

MLA format requires a header in the upper right-hand corner of each page set at 1/2″ from the top of the page with the author’s last name and a page number. To create the header and set automatic page numbering select View and then Header and Footer from the Menu Bar.
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Do NOT underline, bold, or type the title in all capital letters. Only italicize words that would normally be italicized in the text.

Use italics throughout your essay to indicate the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, provide emphasis.
If you have any endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page. Entitle the section Notes (centered, unformatted).

Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text. For example: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in “After Apple Picking”

The header will appear at the top of your screen, ready for you to enter text and automatic page numbering.
Notice that the cursor is set on the left margin. Click the Align Right icon from formatting toolbar to align the text on the right margin. Notice that the cursor is shown at the right margin in the header section.

Placed in the upper right-hand corner, one half inch from the top, flush with the right margin.
Type your last name before the page number. (To make this process easier, set your word processor to automatically add the last name and page number to each page).

Enter the first page information.

Type your name and then press the Enter key once.
Type your professor’s name, and then Enter.
Type the course identification, and then Enter.
Type the date. Press the Enter key once.
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Tables and illustrations should be placed as close as possible to the text that they most closely refer to.

Label tables with: Table, give it an arabic numeral, and title it.
This information should be located above the table, flush left, on separate lines.
Format the title the same way as the title of the paper.
Underneath the table, provide the source and any notes. Notes should be labeled with a letter, rather than a numeral, so the reader is able to differentiate between the notes of the text and the notes of the table.

Type the works cited page.
Immediately after typing the final line of your paper, press the CTRL key and the ENTER key at the same time to begin a new page. Your header with your last name and automatic page numbering should appear at the top left of your paper if you are viewing your document in the “print layout” view option (from “View” on your menu bar).

Use of Numerals.
MLA 7th edition recommends that numbers are spelled out if the number can be written with one or two words. For larger numbers, write the number itself.

If the project calls for frequent use of numbers (such as a scientific study or statistics), use numerals that precede measurements.

Do not start sentences with a numeral, spell out the number.
Always use numerals before abbreviations or symbols, ex. 6 lbs.