If your instructor has specific requirements for the format of your research paper, check them before preparing your final draft.
When you submit your paper, be sure to keep a secure copy.
If you lack 8½-by-11-inch paper, choose the closest size available. Some instructors prefer papers printed on a single side because they’re easier to read, but others allow printing on both sides as a means of conserving paper; follow your instructor’s preference.
Proofread and correct your research paper carefully before submitting it.
Your writing program will probably allow you to create a running head of this kind that appears automatically on every page.
Some teachers prefer that no running head appear on the first page. The list of works cited appears at the end of the paper, after any endnotes. The list contains the same running head as the main text.
You can also download a sample MLA paper from the Online Writing Center.
More Information: For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online Students) for assistance with formatting a paper in MLA style.
Always choose an easily readable typeface (Times New Roman is just one example) in which the regular type style contrasts clearly with the italic, and set it to a standard size, such as 12 points.
Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin; turn off any automatic hyphenation feature in your writing program.