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MLA Writing Style

Formatting Your Paper

Title Page:

MLA does not require a title page unless it is a group project or your instructor requires it. MLA requires a heading on the first page in the following format:

Your Name (First & Last)

Instructor(s) Name 

Course Name & Number



Leave one inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides of your paper

Page Numbering:

Your last name and page number goes in the upper right-hand corner of the pages of your paper. (Use the 'header and footer' function under the 'layout' in your word processing application.)

Font & Spacing:

  • Papers should be easily readable using Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman, or other sans-serif 12 point font
  • The first line of a paragraph should be indented by half inch (press 'Tab' key once)
  • Double-spaced

MLA Paper Examples

Here are some examples of (award winning!) papers with MLA formatting available from the MLA Style Center. 

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