Double-space the entire research paper, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited.Indent the first line of a paragraph half an inch from the left margin.If your instructor has specific requirements for the format of your research paper, check them before preparing your final draft.
The most common formatting is presented in the sections below: Except for the running head (see below), leave margins of one inch at the top and bottom and on both sides of the text.
If you plan to submit a printout on paper larger than 8½ by 11 inches, do not print the text in an area greater than 6½ by 9 inches.
Summary: MLA Style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and citing research in writing.
MLA Style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.
Center the title, .) Double-space between the title and the first entry.
Begin each entry flush with the left margin; if an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines half an inch from the left margin. Type both label and title flush left on separate lines above the table, and capitalize them as titles (do not use all capital letters).
See the Additional Resources section of this page for a list of helpful books and sites about using MLA Style.
Writers sometimes use section headings to improve a document’s readability.
This format is sometimes called , and you can set your writing program to create it automatically for a group of paragraphs. Give the source of the table and any notes immediately below the table in a caption.
Hanging indention makes alphabetical lists easier to use. To avoid confusion between notes to the text and notes to the table, designate notes to the table with lowercase letters rather than with numerals.