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1 Formatting Your Research Paper MLA Style
Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 By Wendy Szatkowski

2 Rule #1 Always follow your instructor’s guidelines.
(They’re the boss!)

3 General Guidelines Use standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
Double-space the text of your paper. Use a legible font (like Times New Roman or Arial). Font size should be 12 pt. Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides. (This should be a default setting)

4 Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor). Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin (use the tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.) Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)


6 Creating Page Numbers (Header)


8 Works Cited Page—basic format
Separate page at end of research paper One-inch margins all the way around (default setting) Last name, page number header Title—Works Cited (just those two words, no quotations, no bold, no nothing!) centered at the top of the page Double-spaced (do not skip spaces between entries)

9 How to Create Citations
Many web pages will have a link directly on the page to create a citation for you. Best resource for using citations correctly: owl purdue There are also citation creator programs on the Internet like “Citation Machine, Easy Bib, and Citation Builder.” However, be sure to cross-reference with Owl Purdue If you choose to use the citation creation on Microsoft Word, be warned it leaves out some things that are required! You will have to cross check with Owl Purdue and edit your citation.


11 The End If you have any questions, or need help, Mrs. Moreland or myself (Mrs. Szatkowski) are in the library. Come by and see us!

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