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MLA Guide

This guide contains information to help you cite your sources in MLA format.

MLA Formatting for Word 2013/2016


Use the following directions or download these PDF instructions to format your Microsoft Word document in MLA format.  Also, check out our MLA 8th ed. sample paper.

  1. On the "Home" tab, select "Times New Roman" from the font list and change size to 12.Image of Microsoft Word's home" tab with "Times New Roman" selected
  2. On the "Home" tab, click the arrow that expands "Paragraph Settings." Under Spacing, choose Double and make sure "Before" and "After" are set to 0pt. Image of Microsoft Word's "Home" tab and an arrow that expands "Paragraph Settings"
  3. On the "Page Layout" tab, click "Margins", Select "Normal" (1" on all sides).Image of Microsoft Word's "page layout" tab with "margins" selected and "Normal" (1" on all sides).
  4. Click on the "Insert" tab, then click on "Page Number". Choose "Top of Page" and then "Plain Number 3".
    Image of Microsoft Word's "Insert" tab
  5. Type your last name and hit the space bar once. Highlight the text, click the "Home" tab, and change font to "Times New Roman", 12. Then double click below dotted line to begin typing your paper.Image of Microsoft Word's "Home" tab with "Times New Roman" and size 12 selected
  6. Type the following, each on a separate line: Your name, instructor’s name, the course number (i.e.Eng. 101), and the date (Day Month Year: 3 Aug. 2009).Image of sample paper MLA header
  7.  Hit "Enter" key to move down to a new line. To center your title, click the "Center" icon in the Paragraph section and type the title of your paper.Image of Microsoft Word's home tab with the "center" button selected
  8. To begin your paper, hit "Enter" key to move down to a new line. Click the "Left" icon in the Paragraph section. Hit "Tab" key to indent and start typing. *Remember to hit the "Tab" key each time you begin a new paragraph.Image of Microsoft Word's "Left" icon selected in the Paragraph section