Formatting an Essay in MLA Style

On the first page, in the upper left-hand corner, place your name, your instructor’s name, the course, and the date on separate double-spaced lines. Write the date in the Day Month Year format, as in 14 May 2016.


Student’s Name

Instructor’s Name



Title Of Your Essay
Center the title. Do not underline or bold the title. It should be double
spaced from the text of the paper. No extra spaces are needed.


Formatting an Essay in MLA Style

Titles of other Works
If you mention titles of other works in your essay, see the page titled
“Formatting Titles of Texts in MLA Style”.

Page Numbers
Number all pages in the upper right corner of the page preceded by your last name.

In Microsoft Word:

-Click on the Insert menu.

-Click on Page Number and then Top of Page.

-Choose the top right position (Plain Number 3).

-Type your name and a space in front of the number.

-You may need to change the font of the name and page number by clicking on the Home tab.

-Click the red X at the top right of the screen to exit.

Use 1-inch margins. Do not align the right margin. In Microsoft Word, check your margins by choosing Margins in the Page Layout menu. The default margins in Word are usually correct, so you may not have to change anything.

Line Spacing
Double-space the entire document. There should be no extra spaces between lines. In the paragraph ribbon, change the line spacing to “double” and click the box that says, “Don’t add extra space between paragraphs of the same style.”

• Indenting
Indent the first line of each paragraph one half-inch by pressing the Tab key once.

Use Times New Roman 12-point font.

Works Cited
Include a Works Cited page that lists the works you quote or paraphrase, if
your assignment requires that you use sources.

Title Page
Title pages are not required for essays or research papers unless requested by your instructor. Follow her or his instructions.

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