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MLA Format 8th Edition: Formatting the Paper

How to create citations using the 8th edition (2016) of MLA Format, which is the standard for all English classes at Cuesta College

Rules for Formatting the Paper

Unless you are told otherwise by your instructor, format your paper according to the following MLA Style rules:

  • Double-spaced text
  • No extra space between paragraphs
  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • 1" margins top, bottom, left, right
  • Indent first line of each paragraph by 1/2"

title page with MLA formatting

 

 

Software Settings for Formatting the Paper

Word 365 header

Setting Up Software for MLA, Word 2003 through Word 365

Knowing proper MLA formatting for your paper is one thing; knowing how to get your version of software to comply is another. Check this link for tips, since the settings vary depending upon the software you are using.
(from academictips.org)

More Detail on Formatting

Sample Papers