MLA Format Guidelines and Links

  • M L A stands for Modern Language Association

    This formatting provides for continuity.

    Formatting the paper 

    According to Diana Hacker's WRITING REFERENCE GUIDE, MLA papers should be formatted as follows.  (Source:

    MATERIALS:  For papers that you submit as hard copy, use good-quality 8½" × 11" white paper. Secure the pages with a paper clip. Unless your instructor suggests otherwise, do not staple or bind the pages.

    TITLE AND IDENTIFICATION:  MLA does not require a title page. On the first page of your paper, place your name, your instructor's name, the course title, and the date on separate lines against the left margin. Then center your title.

    PAGINATION:  Put the page number preceded by your last name (1 McCoy) in the upper right corner of each page, one-half inch below the top edge. Use arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, and so on).

    MARGINS, LINE SPACING, AND PARAGRAPH INDENTS:  Leave margins of one inch on all sides of the page. Left-align the text. 

    Double-space throughout the paper. Do not add extra space above or below the title of the paper or between paragraphs.

    Indent the first line of each paragraph one-half inch (one tab) from the left margin.


    NOTE:  Note the links below provide on-line version of Diana Hacker's book


               Perdue University's On-line Writing Lab -- O W L