Google Docs
  1. Make sure your FONT is set to 12 pt. Times New Roman
  2. Go to File - Page Setup (1” margins for Top, Bottom, Left and Right.)
  3. Go to Insert - Page Number - Chose the first box (Page numbers in upper right hand corner). Then, move your cursor to the left and type your Student ID and hit the space bar. Put your cursor in front of your Student ID number and hold shift and enter at the same time.
  4. Go to Format - Line Spacing - Double Spacing
  5. In the upper left-hand corner of your paper list your Student ID, Course, and date (example 01 January 2016).
  6. Hit the Enter Key.
  7. Type the Title of your paper, and Center it. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks.
  8. Hit the Enter key and then being typing your paper.
  9. Your THESIS STATEMENT should be in BOLD.
  10. On your Works Cited page make sure to BOLD your Primary Source. Type an explanation beneath your Primary source explaining what make it Primary.

This is how your paper should look, except instead of your name, you will type your Student ID:

General Guidelines for writing a paper using MLA format
  • Double Space
  • Leave 1 space after a period
  • Margins should be 1" on all sides
  • Indent the first line of a paragraph one-half inch (press Tab once) from left margin
  • Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right hand corner one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin (your teacher may not want you to number page 1)
Formatting Page 1 of your paper
  • Upper left hand corner - list your student id number, the course, the date
  • Double space between name block and title, center title on page
  • Double space between title and first line of text
Other Tips
  • Avoid using "I, you, me" in a formal research paper. Do not write in the 1st or 2nd person. Write in the 3rd person.
  • Make sure each paragraph has a topic sentence and at least 3 or 4 supporting sentences.
  • Cite all sources of information used, in the paper, and in the Works Cited.