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									       MLA FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR MICROSOFT WORKS

SAVING IN A SCHOOL & TURNITIN.COM COMPATIBLE FORMAT
  1.   Complete this step first!
  2.   Click on FILE
  3.   Click on SAVE AS (from the pull down menu). You will get a pop up screen.
  4.   Check to make sure where you are saving the file is correct.
  5.   Type your file name
  6.   Click on the SAVE AS TYPE pull down tab
  7.   Choose WORD 97-2002 & 6.0/95 – RTF (*.doc)
  8.   Click on SAVE

1” MARGINS
  1.   Click on FILE
  2.   Click on PAGE SETUP (from the pull down menu). You will get a pop up screen.
  3.   Click on the MARGINS tab.
  4.   Set the TOP, RIGHT, AND LEFT margins to 1”
  5.   Set the BOTTOM margin to 0.8”
  6.   Set the HEADER and FOOTER to 0.5”
  7.   Click OK.

DOUBLE SPACING
  1.   Highlight everything you have already typed including the Works Cited page.
  2.   Click on FORMAT.
  3.   Click on PARAGRAPH (from the pull down menu). You will get a pop up screen.
  4.   Click on the SPACING tab.
  5.   On the drop down menu for LINE SPACING, choose DOUBLE.
  6.   Click OK.
  7.   You will not need to add ANY extra spacing to any part of the essay, including the
       heading, title or paragraphs. Using this method to change your spacing will apply the correct
       spacing through out the essay. It should all be uniform in appearance.

TYPING YOUR HEADING
  1. Your essay must have a heading in the Upper Left Corner of the FIRST PAGE ONLY.
     Do not type your heading on the Works Cited page.
  2. Type your name.
  3. Type your teacher’s name
  4. Type English I – your class period
  5. Type the due date of your essay in this format: Day Month Year  05 September 2007


INSERTING THE HEADER
  1. Your essay must have a header in the upper right corner on every page.
  2. Click on VIEW.
  3. Click on HEADER AND FOOTER (from the pull down menu).
  4. You will see a box on your document and a new tool bar appear up top.
  5. Click on the RIGHT JUSTIFY TOOL BAR BUTTON on the word tool bar. That will move the
     cursor in your document box to the right.
  6. Type in your last name and a space.
  7. On the HEADER AND FOOTER TOOL BAR that appeared, click on the INSERT PAGE
     NUMBER (#) BUTTON. Do not type the number, otherwise it will show the same number on
     every page.
  8. Click on CLOSE. Your header should now appear on every page with continuing page
     numbers.


INDENTING PARAGRAPHS
  1.   Highlight all the paragraphs. Do not include the heading, title, or Works Cited.
  2.   Click on FORMAT.
  3.   Click on PARAGRAPH (from the pull down menu). You will get a pop up screen.
  4.   Click on the INDENTS AND ALIGNMENT tab.
  5.   In the Indentation section make the FIRST LINE INDENT number read 0.5”
  6.   Click OK.

ADDING A WORKS CITED PAGE
  1. Your essay should include a work cited page. It is a NEW PAGE IN THE SAME DOCUMENT,
     not a new document.
  2. After the last sentence in your essay, press the CTRL AND ENTER KEYS. A new page should
     appear.
  3. Click on the CENTER JUSTIFY BUTTON in the tool bar.
  4. Type on the very first line: Works Cited
  5. Press ENTER again, then click on the LEFT JUSTIFY BUTTON on the toolbar.
  6. Type your work cited entries.
  7. Remember, the work cited page is indented differently. The first line will not be indented. The
     subsequent lines will be indented ½ inch. To do this:
         a. Highlight all the entries.
         b. Click on FORMAT.
         c. Click on PARAGRAPH (from the pull down menu). You will get a pop up screen.
         d. Click on the INDENTS AND ALIGNTMENT tab.
         e. In the Indentation section make the LEFT number read 0.5”
         f. In the Indentation section make the FIRST LINE INDENT number read
             -0.5” (negative 0.5)
         g. Click OK.
  8. See below for an example.



                                                                                     Sample 1

                                             Works Cited

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