For those of you writing your papers in MLA format, please use the following rules as guidance. Please note that this is a modified version of the MLA formatting that has been developed for submission of our papers in class.

  1. Use the standard page setup: 8.5 by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins on all sides.
  2. On the top of the first page type the title of your paper. Please also type your name, the date, the name of the course and the instructor's name.
  3. The body of your essay should use straightforward language. Double-space the body of your document. Use a standard 12-point serif font. Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier are the most widely accepted. Properly cite your sources.
  4. Write your first and last name, your teacher/professor's name, your class/course name, and the current date on the left hand side. All proper names should be capitalized. The date will be written in the format: "day month year".
  5. Center your title. The title of the page follows the date but is center justified. Capitalize the "main" words of the title. This does not include conjunctions, adverbs, pronouns, or prepositions.
  6. Tab your paragraph and begin writing. What follows your title is your introduction, body, and conclusion.Indent the first line of each paragraph within the by 0.5". The can easily be done by hitting the tab key in most word processors. Be sure to use quotation marks and underlining or italics when referring to other works.

For some more guidance...please view the following video as an overview.

Resources used to develop this guide for class: