Viehmann 1 Sarah Viehmann ENG 110 Instructor Sarah Viehmann 20 April 2010 MLA Formatting and Style Guide

This is a basic MLA formatting guide for your reference. All pages in this document are formatted in correct MLA. This guide will show you how to format MLA in Word 2007. While Word 2003 and Word on Macs are capable of the same formats, the locations of buttons and functions may be different. Please take the time to read this guide in its entirety. If you choose to use MLA format, you will be expected to use it correctly. If you have used MLA previously, note that the format has changed as of April 2009. 1. Basics Here are the basic features of MLA format: • 1” margins all around (this is the default in Word 2007, but you will have to change this in Word 2003 under File > Page Setup). • • • •

Times New Roman 12-pt font—no different fonts or different font sizes. No bold The paper should be double-spaced throughout. Headings are allowed but not preferred There should be a “Works Cited” page at the end No cover page!

2. Creating the header a. Go to the “Insert” Tab, and click Page Number > Top of Page > Plain Number 3.

While still in the header. The default for headers is Calibri 11-point. 12-point. look for the “Paragraph” box. Click the box and then click “Line Spacing Options. You’ll see a small box with lines and up-and-down arrows. Note that you will have you change the font and size of your header to Times New Roman. a. You will need to manually correct this. 3.Viehmann 2 b. Getting Rid of Extra Spaces Between Paragraphs Word 2007 has an annoying habit of making it more difficult to format the page sometimes.” . One of its quirks is automatically generating extra spaces between paragraphs. type your last name and one space. Please don’t use this. Under the “Home” tab.

” 4. Works Cited should be formatted according to MLA guidelines. . and viceversa. Here are some basic points to remember: • If you used any external sources. Every source that is in the Works Cited page must be in the body of the paper. Sources should be arranged alphabetically. Works Cited Page The Works Cited page is a very important part of any MLA paper. you must have a Works Cited page.Viehmann 3 b. Under “Spacing. The page is called “Works Cited. • • • • • Page should be double-spaced and have hanging indents.” click “Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style.” not References or Bibliography.

Under “Indentation. or it will apply to the whole document.” you’ll see a box that says “Special. You’ll see a Powerpoint presentation on MLA citations and a cheat sheet. Go to the Page Layout tab. There are several great resources for learning how to cite sources in MLA. and then to the Paragraph box.edu/24690.missouristate. Click the small box in the corner.htm Scroll down to the MLA section. The Owl at Purdue: http://owl. iii.english.purdue. 5. Writing Center Resources Page: http://writingcenter.5”.Viehmann 4 4a. Resources for MLA Citation You must use in-text citations for any information from other sources.” Select Hanging and make sure that the “By” field is 0. How to Create Hanging Indents i. ii. Be sure that you are on the Works Cited page when you set this indent.edu A great all-around resource with a complete guide to the most recent version of MLA. .

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