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2 MLA S TYLE P ART I Basic Formatting Works Cited Page Formatting




6 P APER F ORMATTING B ASICS One inch margins all around (except for page numbers, which should be ½ inch below the top). Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt. recommended No title page needed Page 1 headings: Your name Your instructors name The course number The date in day/month/year format Centered title 1 double space below the headings Name and page number in the upper right hand corner (half-inch margin) on all pages Last page=Works Cited page

7 P APER F ORMATTING MS W ORD I SSUES MS Word uses 1.25 as the default left and right margins. You need to reset these margins to 1 inch under the Page Layout>Margins tab. MS Word uses 11 pt. Calibri font as the default font. You need to reset this font/size choice to 12 pt. Times New Roman on the Home tab. MS Word puts extra space between paragraphs in the default setting. You need to reset this spacing to zero (0) extra points of spacing under the Paragraph>Spacing tab.

8 P APER F ORMATTING S PECIAL I SSUES Place tables and illustrations as close as possible to the parts of the text to which they relate (118). Label Tables as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Label all other visuals as Figures: Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. Use good quality white paper of 8.5 by 11. Avoid folders or binders. Use a binder clip, paper clip, or a staple. (Many professors prefer staples.) Print on only one side of the paper unless your teacher specifically tells you otherwise.

9 W ORKS C ITED P AGE F ORMATTING B ASICS Center the title Works Cited (with no quotation marks) one inch below the top of a new page. Include your last name and the page number on this page. List the works in alphabetical order by author. If the author is not available, alphabetize by title. Each entry is double spaced, with no extra space between entries Use the same 12 pt. Times New Roman font as in the rest of the paper. Use a hanging indentation of ½ inch in each entry. Do not number the entries.

10 W ORKS C ITED P AGE S PECIAL I SSUES If you have two or more works by the same author or authors, begin the 2 nd and subsequent entries with ---. Alphabetize these multiple entries by the title: Twain, Mark. Huckleberry Finn… ---. Tom Sawyer…

11 W ORKS C ITED P AGE I NDIVIDUAL E NTRIES Broadly speaking, entries follow this order: 1. Authors name 2. Title 3. Publication information (date, volume, city of publication, etc.) 4. Mode of access (print or web) Each form is slightly different. There are forms for books, journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles, web sites, video recordings, and other types of entries. Look up the right format for each source. Do not trust an automated online citation service or citation-generating software to format your entries correctly. The responsibility is yours.

12 Q UESTIONS ? Writing Center Prince 209 (843)

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