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MLA Citation Style Guide
This guide is based on the seventh edition of The MLA Handbook. The eighth edition of The MLA Handbook was released in April 2016. Please click here to access the new guide.
Research Paper Format
This is the standard format for a research paper in the MLA style but always check the requirements with your professor.
- Leave margins of one inch at the top and bottom and on both sides of the text.
- One inch from the top of the page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructor’s name, the course number and the date on separate lines, double-spacing between the lines.
- Double-space after the date and center the title on the first page. Do not italicize or underline the title; do not use quotation marks or boldface or capital letters.
- The page number appears in the upper right hand corner, half an inch from the top and flush with the right margin.
- Double-space the entire paper.
- Indent the first word of a paragraph one-half inch from the left margin.
- Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin.
- Indent set-off quotations one inch from the left margin.
- Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark.
- There is no need for a separate title page.
- Choose an easily readable typeface.