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Basic Formatting for MLA Style

  • Type or word-process your paper in a standard font and size (e.g., Times Roman, 12 pt.).
  • Left-align the text and center the title (only use a title if necessary).
  • Double-space the paper.
  • Set the margins at one inch from the top, bottom, and sides of the paper.
  • Create a header that includes your last name and the page number in the upper right corner and one half-inch from the top of each page.
  • Do not create a title page. Instead, type your name, your instructor's name, your course number, and the date on separate, left-aligned, and double-spaced lines at the top of the first page.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph one-half inch from the left margin.
  • Indent block quotations one inch from the left margin.
  • Italicize the titles of longer works (like a book) and put the titles of shorter works (like a poem) “in double quotation marks.”