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Complete your honors project successfully through this workshop series. This will help students build research, writing, and presentation skills.

Help with MLA Style: Paper Formatting and Citations

LSC-Kingwood Library guide to MLA style citation and a sample paper that includes MS Word tool tips to make formatting your paper and works cited easier.

  1. Click on the Insert tab in the to menu.
  2. Click on Page Number.
  3. Go to the Top of Page options and select Plain Number 3.
  4. Type you last name to the left of the number and include a space between the two.
  5. Make sure that your font is set to Times New Roman, size 12.

Note: it is important to create your page numbers first, because you will lose the text if you put your name in first.

  1. Set the font to Times New Roman, size 12.
  2. Set the spacing to Double Space​​
    1. Under the Home tab, locate the Paragraph section
    2. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings
    3. Go to the Spacing section and click on the Line Spacing drop-down menu.
    4. Choose Double.
  3. Create your Heading information:
    1. Your name
    2. Your Instructor's name
    3. Course number
    4. Date
  4. Title your paper.
    1. Under paragraph section you'll notice there are different document alignments. Pick the centered.
    2. Everything else will be left aligned
  5. Set up the body of your paper:
    1. Make sure everything is left aligned (see above).
    2. Indent paragraphs.
      1. Under the Home tab, locate the Paragraph section
      2. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings
      3. In the Indentation section, go to the Special drop-down menu.
      4. Choose First Line.
  1. Make a page brake between the end of your paper and the start of your Works Cited page.
  2. Title the page: Works Cited 
  3. Center align the title.
  4. Set the spacing to Double Space:   
    1. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings. 
    2. Go to the Spacing section and click on the Line Spacing drop-down menu.
    3. Choose Double.
  5. Set the Hanging Indentation
    1. Click on the little box with an arrow; the Paragraph Settings
    2. Go to the Indentation section and click on the Special drop-down menu.
    3. Choose Hanging.
    4. Please not that you do not have to do anything more to make sure that your citation bumps over on the second line. If you manually moved the text over you will have trouble later when you go to alphabetize the works cited.

MS Word Paragraph tool box

 

At this point you can begin to create your citations. 

Refer to the MLA citation guides for proper formatting:

Books

Articles from Online Databases

Articles from Web Sites

 

Once you have your list you need to alphabetize the sources. Here's the trick:

  1. Highlight all your citations.
  2. Click on the A-Z button in the Paragraph tools. A-Z
  3. A pop-up box called Sort Text will show up. Do not change any of the settings. -Sort by paragraphs.- Click OK.
  4.  Et voila! Your Works Cited is alphabetized.
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