Formatting the First Page of Your Paper Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested. In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text. Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case standard capitalization , not in all capital letters.
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. Always follow instructor guidelines. Do not italicize, underline, or bold the title. An exception is when your title includes a title. Do not use the abbreviation p. Your writing program will probably allow you to create a running head of this kind that appears automatically on every page. Some teachers prefer that no running head appear on the first page.
The running head of a research paper. Placement of the List of Works Cited The list of works cited appears at the end of the paper, after any endnotes. Begin the list on a new page. The list contains the same running head as the main text. The page numbering in the running head continues uninterrupted throughout. For example, if the text of your research paper including any endnotes ends on page 10, the works-cited list begins on page Center the title, Works Cited, an inch from the top of the page fig.
If the list contains only one entry, make the heading Work Cited. Double-space between the title and the first entry. If it is, change the first line indent to "none" and click "OK" in the Paragraph dialog box. Type Works Cited do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks. Press the Enter key once to begin a new line your line spacing is already set at double. Click the Align Left icon or, from the menu bar, select Format and Paragraph, select the Indents and Spacing tab, and change Alignment to left.
Select Format from the menu bar and Paragraph. In the Indents and Spacing section, click Special and then click Hanging. Type your first works cited entry in the MLA format. Remove the hypertext from the Internet address. Please note that the Internet address is not underlined in the above example. Usually the "Normal" style in the MS Word program has been set with page margins of 1 inch top, bottom, left, and right. If those margins have been changed in your program, select the Page Layout tab from the ribbon at the top of Microsoft Word and then click "Margins" in the Page Setup group: From the Page Setup dialog box, set each margin at 1" inch by entering the number or using the up or down arrows beside each margin setting.
Then click OK, as shown below. Set the line spacing to double. From the Home tab, in the Styles group, right-click Normal, and then click Modify. Under Formatting, click Double Space. Formatting for the entire document changes to double spacing. Note: If you want to double space only a portion of a document, use your mouse to select the text that you want to change.
If you are not already viewing from the Home tab, click the Home tab on the ribbon: From the Home tab, look in the Paragraph group, and click the Line Spacing icon and then click the line spacing that you desire for the selected text.
Create a header with your last name and automatic page numbering. When the "Built-In" header options menu appears, click Edit Header at the bottom of the screen.
For further clarification on how to cite a variety of different source types visit the Writer's Web page on MLA Citation Style ; to access a citation generator visit EasyBib. Quotes should not take up the majority of your paper or assignment. Paraphrases Paraphrases are created when text or speech from another source are added into a project, but the writer chooses to summarize them and weave in his or her own writing and writing style. Include an in-text reference next to the paraphrase.
Click the Align Left icon or, from the menu bar, select Format and Paragraph, select the Indents and Spacing tab, and change Alignment to left. Provide the medium of publication that you used in this case, Web and the date of access. City of Publication: Publisher, Year. When citing more than one volume of a multivolume work, cite the total number of volumes in the work. If you omit a word or words from a quotation, you should indicate the deleted word or words by using ellipsis marks, which are three periods.
Page number range of smaller work. Lyrical Ballads. Here are a few scenarios when it may seem appropriate to use this type of referencing: When you are referring to a number of various sources, by various authors, in a section of your paper.
American Journalism Review Dec. If it is, change the first line indent to "none" and click "OK" in the Paragraph dialog box. Margins Use one-inch margins around the entire page. For example: Nelly Dean treats Heathcliff poorly and dehumanizes him throughout her narration: They entirely refused to have it in bed with them, or even in their room, and I had no more sense, so, I put it on the landing of the stairs, hoping it would be gone on the morrow. Paraphrasing is an important part of the research and writing process.
Double-spaced paragraphs. Remove the hypertext from the Internet address, if required. In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. By chance, or else attracted by hearing his voice, it crept to Mr. Put a space after the colon, then provide the page number s. Junge, Wolfgang, and Nathan Nelson.
Follow the steps below to format your essay or research paper whenever you use Microsoft Word Then type your last name in the header section. New York: Macmillan Inc. Please note that all pages in MLA should be double-spaced. References are placed after the quotes and paraphrases, and also at the end of an assignment. Before doing so, be sure to click "Format" and then "Paragraph" on the menu bar and check your paragraph format to make sure that the first line of the paragraph is not indented.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. English Department. New York: Dover, Carter, Angela. If your pamphlet has an author or a corporate author, put the name of the author last name, first name format or corporate author in the place where the author name typically appears at the beginning of the entry.