Unless otherwise advised by your teacher, you should follow MLA paper format guidelines listed below. Detailed information about MLA style paper format can be found on the Purdue University OWL (Online Writing Lab) website. Additionally, a sample MLA style essay can be found on the website so you can see the proper format.


General guidelines -

  • use standard 8.5 X 11 paper
  • set margins to one inch on all sides
  • use 12 pt. font
  • use a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman)
  • page numbers should appear in the header at the top right   
  • double-space you entire paper, including your name, teacher's name, course title, and date the assignment is due
  • center your title but do not underline it
  • begin your essay under your title, left justify everything except the title