1. Make sure your FONT is set to 12 pt. Times New Roman
  2. Go to File - Page Setup - Make sure margins are 1” for top, bottom, left, right.
  3. Go to Insert - Page Numbers - Choose the first box that has the 1 and 2 in the upper right hand corner. Then, type your Last name in front of the page number and hit the space bar. Put your cursor in front of your Name and hold shift and enter.
  4. Close Header and Footer.
  5. Go to Format - Line Spacing and change the line spacing to double.
  6. In the upper left-hand corner of your paper list your Name, Teacher's Name, Course, and date (example: 01 January 2015)
  7. Hit the Enter key.
  8. Type the Title of your paper, and Center it. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks.
  9. Hit the Enter key and then begin typing your paper.


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 name, 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.