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Ready, Set, Cite (MLA, 8th)

A guide providing an in-depth explanation of and examples of using MLA format

Paper Formatting Basics

Margins: 1" all around (except for the page number)

Font:  Easily readable typeface set to a standard size (Times-New Roman 12pt is always safe)

Line-spacing: Double-space throughout the paper, including heading, title, block quotes, and Works Cited. 

Page Numbers: All pages are numbered in right hand corner, 1/2" from top. Last name appears before the page numbers.

Heading: Top left corner. Your name, your instructor's name, course number, date. Date must be written dd Month yyyy. 

Title: Centered. Plain (no italics, underlining, or font variation). Standard double-spacing between heading/title, and title/first line of paper.

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Microsoft's Word 2010 is the word processing program installed on computers in MJC computer labs and classrooms. This brief tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to format MLA papers using Word 2010. If you need any further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask computer lab staff and/or MJC research librarians.