A general MLA essay format guide

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MLA formatting was invented so that people doing a certain type of essay can write and display the information in the same way as other academic people. The sort of consistency helps when one person has to research and catalogue a large number of essays. Another benefit of MLA formatting is that it helps to keep the organization of references in a certain type of order. If the researcher were to check up on the references and citations of a certain MLA formatted essay paper, they would easily be able to find the information they require because the information would be arranged on the essay in a consistent and coherent manner.

What you should have on your first page

Your first page should have a margin surrounding it. This margin should be 1 inch long and should be at the top, bottom, left and right of the page. On the first page you should have your name first, which is then followed by your instructor’s name. After that comes your class name (if there is one), and the date. All of this is set on the left, and all the text on your document is double spaced. Below this in the middle of the first page is the title of your essay followed by your very first paragraph, which is set to the right. The first sentence of your first paragraph has a 1/2 inch tabbed indent.

The formatting of your essay using the MLA essay format

Make sure that all of your text on the following pages is justified to the left, and make sure that everything is double spaced. Your double spacing also includes block quotes. At the very top right of each following page, you need to write your last name, and the current page number. Make sure to separate your paragraphs using a single tabbed space but never add any spaces between the paragraphs.

When you quote a certain reference you should make sure that you note down their details and source them at the bottom. When you do note down the sources that you used within your text, make sure to indent each of your reference sources say that all but the first line of the source is indented by half of a tab, which is five spaces. When you create your works-cited section, you should know it is not a bibliography, as it is listing both your references and citations. Also remember that your citation and references should be noted down at the end in a very specific manner.

A general MLA essay format guide
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