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How To Write in MLA Format

For all you students like us, high school is just around the corner. One of the things we will be expected to know is how to write in MLA format. Our teacher, Mr. Senger, has already taught us how to do this but this article isn’t for people who already know how to do this, I’m helping those who don’t.

(See this MLA illustration for reference)

1.) First, take a program like Microsoft Word, and change the Font to Courier New.

2.) The next thing you need to do is make the page margins 1 inch on all four sides and have it double spaced.

3.) Next, go to View and insert a Header. Align your header to the right and type your last name in. You’re going to need a recurring page number, for those of you with Microsoft Word, all you need to do is press the little number button (#) and on every page it will have a different page number next to your last name.

4.) Your heading needs to be aligned to the left. It should go in this order: first and last name, your teachers name, (example: Mr. Senger) subject, and date in European order, which should look like this: 12 November 2007 with no commas.

5.) Beneath your heading, aligned to the middle, should be your title. It’s not underlined.

The next line should be the start of your paper. Don’t forget to indent!

  1. val Said,

    Thank u so much for showing me how to write in this format. I have dificulties in this area and,you have put in in words that are easy to understand. I am a mother,and i find it hard to find time to study.May the lord bless you as you continue to teach people like myself.

    God Bless

  2. Christina McCann Said,

    I just wanted to let you know I happened on your site because I was trying to learn what MLA is. I know this is a site by kids for kids but I thought you should know it helped me as well. I am a 44 yr. old going back to college after my family happened on hard times. It is very hard for me as I have been out of school for twenty-six years! I had no idea what the instructor was asking for (I thought I did) and turned in my homework, only to find It was not correct because what I had used was not MLA. I am now trying to learn about MLA and your directions are helpful.

    Just thought you would be interested in knowing your efforts have helped.

    Christina

  3. Dezzi Said,

    This is helpfull but, you are forgetting on how to cite the citations at the end.
    This did help me with what i had already knew how to do but i needed help on how to cite the citations at the end.
    thanks,

  4. Austin Said,

    Very helpful, thank you!

  5. Maira Molina Said,

    Thanks a bunch, This was easier than reading all of the other pages I have visited. You are a true blessing.

    God Bless You!!

  6. Roxana Said,

    Thank you sooooooooooo much!! I’m a mom trying to help my sixth grader format his science fair report and this was great help. Good job!

  7. Spring Said,

    I loved the way u explained. It was so simple and easy to understand.
    Thank u sooo much!!

  8. EmJayy Said,

    This site worked Great im a freshman and i worked soooo hard on an essay i had to do and i got a D- so i was like wtf!? But it was because i didnt do MLA format and now this site helped alot! I have a great feeling about my next essay (:

  9. Shandell Said,

    Thanx this ereally help me i have to write a summer reading project in MLA form for my senior ap english class and i thought i knew what he meant by MLA but i didn’t..This has really helped me but how do I cite things?

  10. Stephanie Said,

    I do really think this will help people, however you have the font wrong. The font is supposed to be Times New Roman, size 12.

  11. Abby Said,

    Hey! i’m 15yrs old and just wanted to say thank you so much! this really helped me learn how to write my paper that is due on tuesday,,,today is saturday! ha, well Thanks!

  12. Amber Said,

    Thanks alot this helped me

  13. Cera Said,

    This is very helpful. Had to write an English paper and my computer tech dad didn’t know how to do this.

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