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1 Formatting Your Research Paper MLA Style Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010By 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.)
8 Works Cited Page—basic format Separate page at end of research paperOne-inch margins all the way around (default setting)Last name, page number headerTitle—Works Cited (just those two words, no quotations, no bold, no nothing!) centered at the top of the pageDouble-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 purdueThere are also citation creator programs on the Internet like “Citation Machine, Easy Bib, and Citation Builder.” However, be sure to cross-reference with Owl PurdueIf 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.