See the Additional Resources section of this handout for a list of helpful books and sites about using MLA style. However, if your MS Word AutoCorrect option is in the default setting, when you type an Internet address or paste an Internet address into your document and then press the spacebar, the address will become a hypertext link. Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis. Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Go to the Insert menu, drag down to Break, and then drag over to Page Break. Double-space throughout; use dividing lines as needed fig.
Double-space the entire research paper, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited. Do not use the margins or write a change below the line it affects.
In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Press the Enter key once to begin a new line your line spacing is already set at double. All rights reserved. Your header with your last name and automatic page numbering should appear at the top left of your paper if you are viewing your document in the "print layout" view option from "View" on your menu bar. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case standard capitalization , not in all capital letters.
Click the Align Center icon so that your title will be centered. Electronic Submission There are at present no commonly accepted standards for the electronic submission of research papers. Formatting the First Page of Your Paper Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested.
From the MLA Handbook, 8th ed. Type Works Cited do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks. Instructions: Type the quotation in its own paragraph, without quotation marks, and remove the indent from the first line. Type your name and then press the Enter key once. The top of the first page of a research paper.
Always follow your instructor's guidelines. Follow the rules for capitalization in the MLA Handbook 67—68 , and italicize only the words that you would italicize in the text. The top of the first page of a works-cited list. The page numbering in the running head continues uninterrupted throughout. Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another.
They do not find all errors and sometimes label correct material as erroneous. Double space again and center the title. This format is sometimes called hanging indention, and you can set your writing program to create it automatically for a group of paragraphs.
Double-space throughout; use dividing lines as needed fig. In the Indents and Spacing section, click Special and then click Hanging. Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin; turn off any automatic hyphenation feature in your writing program. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case standard capitalization , not in all capital letters.
Type your first works cited entry in the MLA format. Title Rule: Skip a line after the heading and center an original title that conveys the topic of your paper. Click on the Align Left icon so that you will begin typing on the first line.
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. Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin; turn off any automatic hyphenation feature in your writing program. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The top of the first page of a works-cited list. In the paragraph settings menu that pops up, change the settings for Spacing After to 0pt.