Formatting a Paper with Pages

Apple's Pages

No matter the program you use, there are certain requirements that must be met to make your paper conform to the MLA format. Below, you will find help with where key formatting information can be found inside Apple Pages.

Formatting Video

Initial Paper Set-Up

Margins

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Font

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Spacing

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Formatting Your Paper's Information

Header

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Heading

Your heading should be placed on the left side of the paper. It is where you include the information your teacher needs to identify and sort your paper. It should include the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your teacher's name and title if they have one (Prof. Dr., Mr., Mrs., etc.)
  • Your course's full name (Algebra I A, English II B, etc.)
  • The date written in the day month year format.


The whole thing should be double-spacing automatically if you set up the spacing before writing your heading. If not, then highlight the heading and follow the steps under "spacing."

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Title

The title of a paper should not be named after the assignment. It should be unique to what your paper is about or the argument you are making. Connecting it to your thesis is always a good idea.


Titles should be centered and should be the same font and size of the rest of your paper. There should not be additional spacing around it beyond the normal double-space that your paper should automatically be doing at this point.
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Indentations

Each new paragraph of a paper written in MLA format should have the line indented. This is to ensure that the paragraph is clearly designated as separate.


On an Apple computer, hitting the "tab" button on the keyboard should automatically create the spacing. If there is not an option, then try putting at least 10 spaces between the margins and the new paragraph.

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Works Cited Page

Works cited pages are formatted a specific way:


  • A separate page from the essay
  • Page titled "Works Cited" at the top
  • Listed in alphabetical order
  • Contains hanging indent
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Hanging Indents:

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