Formatting a Paper in MLA Format by LdAb7eIm

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									               Formatting a Research Paper in MLA Format/Style
                             Using Microsoft Word

    Follow the steps under Roman Numeral I-III below before you start typing your paper.
    Follow the steps under Roman Numeral IV when you are ready to start your works cited page.
    Allow word wrap by letting the computer wrap the lines for you. Do not return at the end of each line.
     Only return and tab when you are ready to begin a new paragraph.

I. Change Margins (Click on the menu bar listed in Step 1 and then follow the remaining steps.)
    1. File
    2. Page Setup
    3. Margins (Top, Bottom, Left, and Right should be set to 1”)

II. Change to Double spacing for the paper (Follow the options listed below.)
     1. Ctrl+2
Or
     1. Format
     2. Paragraph
     3. Indents and Spacing
     4. Line spacing=Double

III. Create a running header for your paper.
      1. View
      2. Header and Footer
      3. Ctrl + R or Click on the toolbar button for Right align
      4. Type your last name, space one time, and then click on the # symbol button in the Header and
         Footer toolbar to insert your page number.
      5. Click Close on the Header and Footer toolbar.
      6. Type each piece of identifying information (Your Name, Teacher’s Name, Name of Class, Date)
         on a separate line.
      7. Center (Ctrl+E) and type your title.
      8. Left align (Ctrl+L) and begin typing the body of your paper. Tab at the beginning of each
         paragraph.

IV. To apply a nested indent (for long quotations):

     1. Hold Ctrl and strike the letter M (Ctrl+M) before typing the long quotation.

V. To format your works cited page with hanging indents.
     The Citation Machine, an online tool for typing your works cited entries, can be found at:
     http://www.landmark-project.com/citation_machine/index.php New: (http://citationmachine.net/)
OR
     BibBuilder, an online tool for typing your works cited entries, can be found at:
     http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic/bib_builder/index.html
OR
     Easy Bib: http://www.easybib.com

     1. Hold Ctrl and strike the letter T (Ctrl+T) before beginning to type the line.
Or
     1. Hold down on Shift and slide the bottom triangle on the ruler to ½” at the top of your word screen
Or
     1.   Format
     2.   Paragraph
     3.   Indents and Spacing
     4.   Special: Hanging
     5.   OK



Gretna High School Library                                                                       Last Updated: March 28, 2012
MLA Formatting Guide-Research Paper

								
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