The most common formatting is presented in the sections below: Except for the running head (see below), leave margins of one inch at the top and bottom and on both sides of the text.
If you plan to submit a printout on paper larger than 8½ by 11 inches, do not print the text in an area greater than 6½ by 9 inches.
Some instructors, however, may require one (see instructions and example below). The Opening Page: On the opening page or the first page, a comprehensive identification (sometimes referred to as the main heading) and essay title should appear.
The identification includes the following information: The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not require a cover page, but some instructors may require it.
Note how it includes the running head and page number in the upper right hand corner, defines the running head that will title all manuscript pages, and centers the title and author information in the middle of the page.
Modern Language Association style (MLA) is designated for specifying the requirements for academic writing, such as formatting and use of English.
Indent set-off quotations half an inch as well (for examples, see 76–80 in the ).
Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark, unless your instructor prefers two spaces.
Below is an example of the first page if a cover page is used.
Last name and page number should appear on all pages, and the title should appear at the top of the first page only. The Inner Pages: For the pages that follow the first page, set the heading like this: instead of the whole heading, use the header feature in the word-processing program to include author last name and page number.