MLA Paper Format

How to Format Your Research Paper!

*Paper formatted in MLA to copy (template)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers:

Margins: Leave one-inch margins all around the text of your paper — left, right, top and bottom. Indent paragraphs 1/2 inch; set-off quotations should be indented an inch from the left margin. Margins for page numbers (see below).

Spacing: Double-spaced, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited.

Heading and Title: Title page not required.

At the top of the first page, at the left-hand margin, type your name, your instructor’s name, the course name and number, and the date — all on separate, double-spaced lines. Then double-space again and center the title above your text. (If your title requires more than one line, double-space between the lines.) Double-space again before beginning your text. The title should be neither underlined nor written in all capital letters. Capitalize only the first, last, and principal words of the title. Titles might end with a question mark or an exclamation mark if that is appropriate, but not in a period.

Page Numbers: Number your pages consecutively  (including the first page) in the upper right-hand corner of each page, 1/2 inch from the top. Type your last name before the page number. Use the header function in Googledocs.  Make sure the page-number is always an inch from the right-hand edge of the paper (flush with the right-hand margin of your text) and that there is a double-space between the page number and the top line of text. Do not use the abbreviation p. or any other mark before the page number.

Tables and Figures: Tables should be labeled “Table,” given an arabic numeral, and captioned (with those words flush to the left-hand margin). Other material such as photographs, images, charts, and line-drawings should be labeled “Figure” and be properly numbered and captioned.

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography — which could still be called a Works Cited page, but should be called Works Consulted if it includes references to works not cited in the paper — will include brief descriptive or evaluative comments at the end of each citation. The comments can be written in the form of sentence fragments. An annotated bibliography can be ordered chronologically or by types of references or alphabetically.