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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.

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

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

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