Recollected by Ms. Rocío Acevedo, Aug. 2002


MLA Format for your Research Paper

Recommendations here are based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

¨  Paper:

·  Use white letter sized paper (8 1/2 by 11 inch).


¨  Margins:

·  One-inch margins all around the text of your paper -- left side, right side, and top and bottom.

·  Paragraphs should be indented half an inch.


¨  Spacing:

·  All the work must be double-spaced.


¨  Heading and Title:

·  Your research paper does not need a title page.

·  At the top of the first page, at the left-hand margin, type your name, your teacher's name (example: Ms. Rocío Acevedo), the subject name (example: Technology), and the date -- all on separate, double-spaced lines.

·  Then double-space again and center the title above your text.

·  Double-space again before beginning your text.

·  The title should be neither underlined nor written in all capital letters.

·  Capitalize only the first, last, and principal words of the title.

·  Titles might end with a question mark or an exclamation mark if that is appropriate, but not in a period.


¨  Page Numbers:

·  Number your pages consecutively (including the first page) in the upper right-hand corner of each page, one-half inch from the top.

·  Type your last name before the page number.

·  Use Header and Footer for this.

·  Make sure the page-number is always an inch from the right-hand edge of the paper (flush with the right-hand margin of your text) and that there is a double-space between the page number and the top line of text.

·  Do not use the abbreviation p. or any other mark before the page number.


¨  Example:


MLA Sample


"MLA Format." Graphic. Capital Community College. 15 Oct. 2003. <>

Capital Community College Library. “Your Research Paper’s Format”. A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation. May 2004. (8 Aug. 2004)