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Citation Style: MLA: Research Paper Format

General Rules

  • Choose a standard font such as Times New Roman. Use a font size of 12.
  • MLA format requires that your paper is double-spaced throughout, including quotations and the list of works cited.
  • Leave uniform margins of 1 inch at the top, bottom, left and right of each page.
  • Indent the first word of every paragraph one half inch or five spaces from the left margin.


For more detailed information, refer to Chapter 4 of the MLA Handbook, 6th edition.

MLA format for your papers & essays

Word processing a research paper or essay in MLA format requires that you utilize special spacing, paragraph format etc. This video will guide you through the process using Microsoft Word 2007.

MLA format for your paper

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