The sample papers were written by MLA staff members who are experienced college teachers.
You may find that the writing and documentation seem polished.
The papers also demonstrate the use of MLA style to document sources and the formatting of the margins, line spacing, and other physical attributes of a printed paper.
The MLA’s guidelines on formatting papers appear elsewhere on this site.
The most common formatting is presented in the sections below: Except for the running head (see below), leave margins of one inch at the top and bottom and on both sides of the text.
If you plan to submit a printout on paper larger than 8½ by 11 inches, do not print the text in an area greater than 6½ by 9 inches.Always choose an easily readable typeface (Times New Roman is just one example) in which the regular type style contrasts clearly with the italic, and set it to a standard size, such as 12 points.Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin; turn off any automatic hyphenation feature in your writing program.Number all pages consecutively throughout the research paper in the upper right-hand corner, half an inch from the top and flush with the right margin.Type your last name, followed by a space, before the page number (fig. Do not use the abbreviation before the page number or add a period, a hyphen, or any other mark or symbol.Research your topic, find reliable sources, and come up with a working thesis.Then create an outline and start drafting your paper.Double-space the entire research paper, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited.Indent the first line of a paragraph half an inch from the left margin.It may be tempting to simply give your paper a quick read and use the spell-checker to make edits.However, revising your paper properly is more in-depth.