Margins: 1-inch margins surround the left, right, top and bottom of the paper.
Spacing: The entire paper is typed in Double Space (DS); this includes the name block at the top!
Name Block: The name at the top should appear on the LEFT hand side of the paper and should include the following in order (one on each line) Your Name, Instructor Name, Class Name, Due Date in Military Style (2 October 2002).
Title: There must be a title for every paper. It should directly follow the name block and should be centered in the middle of the page. The title should capitalize the first letter of every major word. There should be NO quotation marks, underlining, bold, increased font etc. Remember the entire paper is Double Space, which means there should be no added spaces (triple or quadruple space) between the title and the name block, or the title and the text of the paper.
Text: The text of the paper again is typed in Double Space. Each paragraph should begin with a 5 space indention. There should be no added or blank lines between paragraphs.
Page Numbers: Your last name and page number should appear on every page on the top right hand side of the paper. This last name and page number should appear WITHIN the 1 inch margin (this is called a header on your computer). You should NOT come down 1 inch, place the last name and page number, and then come down another inch and begin the text—this would give the top margin a two inch space before the text and is unacceptable.
: All papers should be written in 10 or 12 size font in a basic readable text such as Times New Roman—no fancy script (or colors).
MLA Typing Format
Yes, You Must Have a Title
This is the MLA typing formation for all English papers submitted to me. Notice the entire document is typed in Double Space with no extra spaces between name, title or paragraphs.
Your margins are to be one inch on the top, bottom left and right side. Also you should notice the size of the type printed on this page (the font size on a computer); the type size is only 10 (Pica) or 12 (Elite).
Also notice the five-space indention for each new paragraph. You see no page number on this page because your name is printed on the first page. On the pages to follow, you will type your last name and the page number, 'Smith 2,' on the top right hand side of your paper inside the one inch margin (approximately one half inch from the top of the page.
Look at the Title on this page; take note that it is centered and the first letter of each major word is capitalized. Your Title should no be in CAPS, or underlined or in quotation marks!
Lastly, notice that there is no title page or cover page separate from this page—save paper!
If you have any minor typing errors it is acceptable to correct these on your final copy with a black pen only, and very neatly. Uncorrected typing errors will count against you.