Last name 1
Your instructor’s name
The course name and number (i.e. ENG10403-05)
The date in this style: 10 October 2013
Basic Guidelines for Using the MLA Format for a Research Paper
The research paper style of the Modern Language Association (MLA) is normally
used by writers in the fields of language, literature and humanities.
Use one-inch margins on all four sides of the text. Always choose an easily readable
serif typeface, such as Cambria, which is used here, or the more traditional Times New
Roman; use 12-point size type. Double-space the entire paper. Set one-half inch tabs for the
first lines of paragraphs. Leave one space after periods and other concluding punctuation
The MLA research paper does not require a cover page. However, if your instructor
requires one, format it according to the instructions you are given. Otherwise, insert the
information for your heading as shown at the top left.
Number all pages in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from