Below is an example of what an academic paper in MLA style should look like. There are bubbles the highlight features with instructions as to how to properly format the text in Microsoft Word. Click on the play buttons for short videos that walk you through each formatting technique.
The first step is to open a new document in Microsoft Word.
We are going to start my creating the header:
2 Click Page Number
3 Click Top of Page
4 Click Plain Number 3
5 Type your last name to the left of the page number
We have to change the font.
7 Click the font drop down menu
8 Click Times New Roman
9 Click Page 1 content
10 Doubleclick onto the main area of the page to get out of the header settings
11 We have to set the font for the paper. Click on the font drop-down menu
12 Click Times New Roman
13 Type in your name, first and last and Press Enter
14 Type your instructor's name and Press Enter
15 Type the name of the class and Press Enter
Type the date: day, abreviation of the month., and year and Press Enter
17 Click Center Align for the title of your paper
18 Type the title of your paper and Press Enter
Change the alignment for the body of your paper:
Click Align Left
20 Start to write you paper!
A few more formatting notes:
Highlight all the content and
22 In the spacing section, Click Line spacing: drop-down menu
23 Click Double
24 Click Don't add space between paragraphs of the same ...
25 Click OK
26 Highlight the body of the paper
27 Click Paragraph...
28 In the Indentation section, Click Special drop-down menu
29 Click First line
30 Click OK
31 Click Page 1 content
32 Type in Page 1 content and Press Backspace
33 Press Shift+Backspace
34 Type up your paper now that it is all properly formatted.
35 When you are ready to create your Works Cited page, Click Insert
36 Click Pages
37 Click Page Break so that you start on a brand new page without any funny issues of where it starts.
38 Click onto the new Page
39 Click Home
40 Click Center
41 Type Works Cited as the title of this page and Press Enter
42 Now for the sources, Click Align Left
43 Click Paragraph...
44 In the Indentation section, Click Special:
45 Click Hanging
46 Make sure that Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style is checked
47 Click OK
48 Click Page 2
Type in the author's name:
Last name, First name.
Punctuation is important!
Type "The Title of the Article in Quotation Marks."
Make sure the period goes before the closing quotation mark.
Type in The Name of the Journal that Published the Article,
and Click Italic to turn the italics off
Type the volume and issue number:
vol. #, no. #,
Note: Because the abbreviation is happening in the middle of this "run-on sentence" that includes all the publication information, the abbrev. will be lower case unless it is a proper name, like a month.
53 Type the page range and a period.
Type the name of the database in Italic
Paste the permanent link or DOI
Repeat for all the sources and put them in alphabetical order based on the first letters of each entry.
Don't forget to SAVE
Click File Tab
57 Click Save
58 Click Browse
59 Type in File name: and Click Save