How to Write a Research Paper in MLA Style: Guidelines for Dummies
MLA writing style guidelines are used to format manuscripts and use the English language in a number of writing projects. The MLA style also gives writers a system for properly citing their resources within the text and included in a “Works Cited” page.
There are many free MLA guides online and in print form that you should keep near you when you write your research paper. Students who use MLA properly build their credibility and demonstrate their accountability to the materials they use as sources. The following are a few guidelines to help you get started in MLA style formatting for a research paper:
- Format the page size on your computer to 8.5 x 11-inch and be sure to print out your research paper on the same size white paper. Set your margins to 1-inch on all sides.
- Always double space the text of your paper and use only a legible font that looks good on both the computer screen and in print. MLA style recommends you use a font in which the regular and italics styles contrast so that you can easily recognize one from another.
- The first line in each paragraph should be indented one half-inch from the left-side margin. Generally, you should be able to simply hit the TAB key once instead of pushing the Space Bar several times.
- Enter consecutive page numbers positioned in the upper right-hand corner of a header. Your header should be positioned on-half inch from the top and flush against the right margin.
- MLA style suggests that you if your research paper is long enough you should divide an essay into sections that you number those sections and include the section’s name.
- Your entire paper should be double spaced, and left justified. The only exception is the title which will be centered just above the start of your paper’s text.
- MLA style doesn’t usually require a title page. Instead you add your title, instructor’s name, course information, and date in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
- Use quotation marks or italics style when referring to works by others in your title and the rest of your paper. What’s important is that you keep this consistent, so pick one style and stick with it throughout.
- If you include any endnotes put them on a separate page just before your “Works Cited” page and title the section “Notes”.
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