mla short essay format
Type Works Cited (do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks).
Click the pound sign (#) in the Header/Footer bar to insert the page number automatically in the header section on each page:
For an image to be significant and easily identifiable, place it as close as possible to the text in the project where it is discussed.
Two hundred twenty five children were found in the warehouse, some malnourished and diseased.
Jennifer Nguyen, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Meg Matthias, Miami University, Ohio
Leave 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, and each side.
Include your last name and page numbers in the upper right-hand corner of every page. The page numbers will be one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. If your instructor prefers no page number on the first page, begin numbering from 2 on the second page.
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. 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. Indent set-off quotations half an inch as well (for examples, see 76–80 in the MLA Handbook). Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark, unless your instructor prefers two spaces.
There are at present no commonly accepted standards for the electronic submission of research papers. If you are asked to submit your paper electronically, obtain from your teacher guidelines for formatting, mode of submission (e.g., by e-mail, on a Web site), and so forth and follow them closely.