for Formatting MLA Paper
Double Space (A research paper must be double-spaced throughout,
Font Style and Size
Always choose a standard, easily readable typeface.
(with name and date)
On Formatting Toolbar, Align right
If title page is made, you will need to insert the numbering differently.
A research paper does not need a title page.
Instead you make a heading (aligned to the left) that contains
your name, your instructor’s name, the course number, and the date (on
Press Enter one time after you have written the date.
On Formatting Toolbar, Align to the center and type the title of your paper.
Do not: underline
Do: follow the rules of capitalization
“Capitalize the first words, the last words, and all
principal words, including those
Press Enter one time after you have written the title.
On Formatting Toolbar, Align left
“In MLA documentation style, you acknowledge your sources by keying brief parenthetical citations in your text to an alphabetical list of works that appear at the end of the paper.” (MLA Handbook 5th Edition, page 73) Put citations at the end of sentences.
After typing the body of the paper, press Enter
three times to come down the page.
On Formatting Toolbar, Align to the center
and type the words
Press Enter one time.
Listing are done alphabetically. When there is no author listed for a work, use the first significant word of the title. The Encyclopedia of Bioethics would thus be alphabetized by the word Encyclopedia.