Your finished paper willlook very similar to thisone.(Only in appearance. If you readthis sample, which I don’trecommend, you will see it fullof errors)
Notice the heading• Left aligned• Double spaced• The date is Day Month Year
Notice the title:• It is centered• The words are capitalized (but not every letter)• It is not bold, large, underlined, italicized.• Other than being centered and capitalized, there is nothing special about it.
Look at the header (not to beconfused with the heading):• It shows the last name (space) and page number• The number is just a digit, it does not say “page”• It looks light grey now but it will print black• It is only ½ inch from the top• You must insert this a special way.
3. Go to “Top of Page”4. Choose “Plain Number 3”which shows the number on thetop right.
5. Double click next to the pagenumber in order to type
5. Double click next to the pagenumber in order to type6. Type your last name next tothe number, leaving a spacebetween name and number.Now, your page number willautomatically change, but thename will stay the same onevery page.
5. Double click next to the pagenumber in order to type6. Type your last name next tothe number, leaving a spacebetween name and number.Now, your page number willautomatically change, but thename will stay the same onevery page.If you try to type your headerwithout following these steps,your placement and pagenember will be off.
Notice thateverything isdouble spaced.John Smith tothe last line.
There are no extraspaces from theheading to the title,or from the title tothe first sentence.There are no extraspaces betweenparagraphs.
You mustdouble spaceusing theproperformattingbutton. If youpress enter tomanually, youwill mess upyour formatting.
The trick to doublespacing is in that buttonright there.If you don’t know whyyou get extra spacesevery time you pressenter…
The trick to doublespacing is in that buttonright there.If you don’t know whyyou get extra spacesevery time you pressenter… This is why
Look at the font• Everything is 12pt font.• Everything is Times New Roman• “Everything” includes the heading and title.
Finally, if you quote a source inyour paper, you must cite it toMLA specifications.After the quote, you will need to putthe author’s last name and the pagenumber in parentheses.If you are quoting a poem, you putthe line number in parentheses.Note: If you use the author’s nameto introduce your quote, you willonly need the page number (as thiswriter has done).The most important thing toremember is that the citation comesafter the quotation but before theperiod (and you don’t spell out“Page”)For more particulars, see the“Embedded Quotes” notes.
Now you have the basicsYou will see that there are many particulars to dealwith when following MLA. It is a good idea to own anMLA handbook before starting college. You can alsosearch for answers to your questions online, but besure your source is credible. Here are a couplewebsites you can trust:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla
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