Use white 8 ½ x 11” paper make 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides the first word in every paragraph should be indented one half inch apa recommends using times new roman font, size 12 double space the entire research paper include a page header known as the “running head” at the top of every page. Formatting the basics | writing the main body | formatting citations and bibliographies if you are a this will introduce the two styles used for citing sources and research within your paper material on this page adapted from kate l turabian's a manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations, 8th ed. Use microsoft word's automatic header and page number functions rather than inserting them into the text of your paper manually to create flush left first page running head and page number: on your title page, the header is in the form running head: short title of paper click on the insert tab. This document will show you how to format an essay in mla style 02) if, instead of questions about putting the final formatting touches on your essay, you have questions about what to write, see instead my handouts on writing a short research paper, coming up with a good thesis statement, and using quotations in the. Discover the basic guidelines for the mla paper format, including information about margins, fonts, headers, page numbers and section headings.
Mla (modern language association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities this resource, updated to reflect the mla handbook (8th ed), offers examples for the general format of mla research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and. Formatting an essay in mla style heading on the first page, in the upper left- hand corner, place your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date write the date in the day month year format, as in 14 may 2010 title pages are not required for essays or research papers unless requested by your instructor. Below the running head, the following are centered on their own lines, using upper and lower case: paper title your name your school section headings, top level headings should be centered on the page, using upper and lower case second level headings should be flush left, italicized, using upper and lower case.
Heading and title an mla research paper does not need a title page, but your instructor may require one if no instructions are given, follow the mla guidelines below: type the following one inch from the top of the first page, flush with the left margin (double spacing throughout) your name. Apply general apa style and formatting conventions in a research paper in this chapter, you will learn how to use apa style, the documentation and formatting style followed by the american psychological association, as well as mla style, from the modern language association there are a few major formatting styles. Guide to mla style writer's web (printable version here) the modern language association (mla) style is the most commonly used format for citing research sources in academic writing here are the guidelines for formatting a paper according to mla style requirements printed on standard 85 x 11-inch paper.
Header to learn more about how to set up running heads in ms word, view the tutorial in the writing reference library under research, citation, and plagiarism, in citation videos – apa headers and title page tutorial, 6th edition commented [k2]: the title, name, and affiliated institution are centered on the top half of. Main section headings: each main section of the paper begins with a heading which should be capitalized, centered at the beginning of the section, and this is accomplished with a general review of the primary research literature (with citations) but should not include very specific, lengthy explanations that you will. Mla format in detail this page contains general guidelines on how to properly format the headings on a paper using mla format without a cover page: this is the most common way to begin skip to about one-third of the page and type the research paper title, including subtitle if there is one skip several lines and type.
General format and title page: your research paper needs to be typed and double-spaced on standard-sized paper (85 x 11 inches) use one-inch margins on all four sides of each page unless your professor specifically calls for one, a title page is unnecessary in place of a title page, mla style requires a heading on the. Guidelines for apa 1 guidelines for preparing and formatting apa essays and research papers for bmc durfee high school sample apa formatted research paper included prepared by: keeley library staff march 2007.