Dr. Kimberly Muirhead
September 5, 2005
This is the way each of your essays should appear (unless you are otherwise instructed). The entire essay should be double-spaced. You need a heading in the top left corner as shown above. You should number your pages as shown as well, with each page having your last name and the page number. Include a centered title. Each word in the title should begin with a capital letter except for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions within the title (unless one of them begins the title). The title should not be underlined, italicized, ALL IN CAPS, or otherwise different from the rest of your paper.
Indent each time you begin a new paragraph. Do not put extra spaces between paragraphs or between the heading, title, or start of the essay. Use Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins on all sides.
Different instructors may expect different formats, so always ask. I expect you to use this particular format for two reasons. First, it’s important to be able to follow precise instructions when preparing a document. Second, this is a standard format (the style is called MLA [which stands for Modern Language Association]) that you will use for writing classes and any literature courses that you might take. You can use this format whenever an instructor does not specify otherwise. Be sure to research on your own the extensive details for how to create in-text citations and Works Cited entries for MLA. This is not hard, but it's time consuming.