Formatting a Paper with Pages
Initial Paper Set-Up
Formatting Your Paper's Information
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."
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.
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.
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