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MLA 8th Edition Overview

Formatting an MLA paper

MLA Formatting Tips 

  • MLA does not require a title page.  On the first page of your paper only, in the upper left-hand corner, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date.
  • Begin the body of your paper with a half inch indent by hitting the tab key one time. Each new paragraph should also be indented half-an-inch. 
  • The entire body of your paper should be double spaced with 12 point, Times New Roman font. 
  • Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks, unless your instructor requests that you do otherwise. 
  • Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand, one space after your last name.  
  • Paper title should be centered on its own line. 
  • Your header should consist of your last name and the page number only.