This guide follows the 7th edition of the MLA Manual of Style. It is important to make sure that you match the format carefully. Punctuation, italics, indents, and spacing are all very important.
Your instructor may have specific instructions about format or style. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.
Any font will work as long as it is readable.
Your paper should be in 12 point font, double spaced.
The first line of every paragraph should be indented half an inch.
Italics should be used only for the titles of other works and, if absolutely necessary, for emphasis. Be sparing about using italics for emphasis.
If you use endnotes, they should appear in a list separate from your works cited page.
Place page numbers in the upper right hand corner of the page. Use numerals.
If you choose to divide your paper into sections with headings, it is recommended that you number them. For example:
Unless your instructor specifically asks for either, you do not need a title page or abstract. You do, however, need to use the right format when adding your name to the first page.
The right format is
Your Professor's Name
The Course Name
All of this should be double spaced and in the top left hand corner of the page.