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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"
More Detail on Formatting
Microsoft Word Settings for Formatting the Paper
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 Word version you are using.
Video: Setting up Hanging Indent in Word
Google Docs Template for Formatting the Paper
Using a Google Template:
- On the Google Docs menu, click on File => New => From Template.
- In the newly opened window, you will see many professional templates.
- Scroll all the way down
- Under the Education category, click on the template that says “Report MLA”
- The template will be copied to your Google Drive and you are ready to type your essay.
- Ignore the formatting of the Works Cited page, because it is not using the updated 8th edition of MLA.
Video: Setting up Hanging Indent in Google Doc
Formatting Other Software for MLA
MLA Format for Other Software
Not using MS Word or Google Docs? Check here for instructions on how to set up MLA format in OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Pages in Mac OS X, NeoOffice, Nisus Writer Pro, Corel WordPerfect, or AbiWord.