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MLA Style 8th Edition: Formatting in MLA (General)

WCCC's Guide to MLA Style

Formatting MLA Style in Word

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The Basics

MLA Style has specific formatting requirements for documents.  You should set up your Word document according to these requirements.  Your document should: 

  • have 1 inch margins for the entire paper

  • be double spaced

  • should be in a readable font (usually recommended is either Times New Roman or Ariel) that is a standard size (normally size 12)

  • include an indentation at the beginning of each paragraph

  • have a "Works Cited" page as the last page(s)

The First Page

On the first page of your MLA style paper, you should include the following:

  • Your name

  • Your professor's name

  • Class the assignment is for  (exp: ENG141)

  • Date the assignment is due

  • The title of your paper

This is what it should look like:

from the MLA Style Center

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