Formatting a Paper Using MLA Style
Word process your paper. If asked to print, use standard-sized white paper (8.5 x 11 inches) and black ink.
Word process using Times New Roman 12 font. No other font.
Double-space your entire paper. DO NOT double-space your paper twice between paragraphs.
Set the margins of your document to one inch on all sides.
Create a header consisting of your last name and page number so that all pages are numbered consecutively in the
upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. Start header on first page
Indent the beginning of each paragraph.
Use quotation marks for short story titles. Examples: “The Cask of Amontillado” and “Miriam”
Use italics for books, longer plays, and movies. Examples: To Kill A Mockingbird and Romeo and Juliet
Formatting the first page of your paper:
Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested.
Provide a double-spaced entry in the top left corner of the first page that lists your name, your instructor's name,
the course-class period, and the date (remember the date is day month year).
Center your title on the line below the header with your name, and begin your paper immediately below the title. Do
not underline, italicize , or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization),
not in all capital letters.
Use 8.5 x 11 college-ruled paper. Write your HEADER on the top line to the right, but avoid going into the margin.
Drop down to the next line and do your complete HEADING on the left. DO NOT SKIP LINES.
Skip one line after your HEADING and center your TITLE.
Skip one line after your TITLE and begin writing. Pay attention to the margins.
Don’t forget to include your HEADER on each page.
It is okay to write on the back of the paper. DO NOT SKIP LINES BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS.