This page contains general guidelines on how to properly format the headings on a paper using MLA format.
Without a Cover Page: This is the most common way to begin an MLA essay because MLA does not require a cover page.
Below is an example of the first page if a cover page is used.
Last name and page number should appear on all pages, and the title should appear at the top of the first page only. The Inner Pages: For the pages that follow the first page, set the heading like this: instead of the whole heading, use the header feature in the word-processing program to include author last name and page number.
Indent set-off quotations half an inch as well (for examples, see 76–80 in the ).
Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark, unless your instructor prefers two spaces.
Double-space throughout; use dividing lines as needed (fig. , Wichita Art Museum.” A label and caption ordinarily appear directly below the illustration and have the same one-inch margins as the text of the paper (fig. If the caption of a table or illustration provides complete information about the source and the source is not cited in the text, no entry for the source in the works-cited list is necessary.
If you print your paper, use only white, 8½-by-11-inch paper of good quality.
Double-space the entire research paper, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited.
Indent the first line of a paragraph half an inch from the left margin.