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MLA Style

Manuscript Format

Use 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper. Except for page headers, leave a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, left, and right margins of your paper. Indent paragraphs 5 spaces (tab). Indent block quotations ten spaces from left margin. Double space throughout the paper, including quotations, notes, and list of works cited. Do not insert extra spaces after paragraphs.

An MLA research paper does not need a title page unless it is requested by the professor. Instead, beginning one inch from the top of the first page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructor's name, the course number, and the date on separate lines, double-spacing between lines. Double space again and center your title. Double space and begin the body of your text. Number all pages in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top. Type your last name before the page number.


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