Formatting Your Essay
Below is the standard MLA essay format. The following pages will guide you through the steps of formatting your essay properly. The steps assume you are using Microsoft Word, but you can apply these steps to other applications, too. This is only a general guide. Your professor will give you specific directions - always follow your professor's directions!
Margins: 1" inch
Font: Times New Roman
Line spacing: Double
Page numbers: upper-right corner with last name first.
Day Month Year
Center the title
Indent (Tab key) the first line of every paragraph.
Start Step 1 below.
Vaughan, W. W. "Religion at School." Cambridge Essays on Education. Cambridge: Cambridge, 1919. Gutenberg. Web. 28 Sep. 2004.
Step 1: make sure the page layout has a 1" margin on all sides.
Check the Margins
1. Click the Page Layout tab
2. Click Margins
3. Choose 1" on all sides
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