ESSAY REPORT FORMATTING GUIDE

WHAT IS MLA?
STANDARD MARGINS:
Left margin:               Unbound: 1” Bound: 1.5”
Right margin:             1”
Top margin:               1”
Bottom margin:          at least 1″
 
PARTS OF AN ESSAY OR REPORT:
1. The FIRST page of the paper (No Title page is used in MLA style)
Establish a HEADER on the first page. This header will run throughout the paper. The header should consist of your last name and the page number. The header should be placed at the top right corner of the page one-half inch from the top edge.
Include a HEADING, (in this order) your name, your instructor’s name, the class name, and the date. This information should be double-spaced, aligned along the left margin, and begin one inch from the top of the page.
The TITLE of your paper should be typed one double space below the last line of your heading. It should be centered.
The FONT for your paper should be Cambria or Century or Times New Roman, 12 point.
2. The BODY of the paper
After you’ve typed the title, double space, then immediately begin the body of your paper. Indent only the first line of each paragraph one-half inch. The body should be double-spaced and include in-text citations. An in-text citation consists of two basic parts, the author’s name and the page number. example: John Milton is often called the “Father of the English verse” (Frontain 56). Any thought or idea that you did not think up, any information that is not your own, any material you got from another source must be cited.
If you are quoting a passage that runs four or more typed lines, you must set it off from the text using a block quote. Indent one inch from the left margin and type the quotation double-spaced.
3. The WORKS CITED page (Not required for basic Essay)
The Works Cited page comes at the end of your paper and should include all the sources you have made reference to within the body of your paper. The key to formatting this page: double space all citations and use hanging indents (indenting the second line). Alphabetize all references by the first item listed.
ESSAY OR REPORT STYLES:
Unbound Report – Short reports are often prepared without covers or binders. If they consist of more than one page, the pages are usually fastened together in the upper left corner by a staple. Such reports are called unbound reports.
Bound Report – Longer reports are generally prepared with covers or binders. Such reports are called bound reports and require a larger left margin (1.5”) to accommodate the binding.
EXAMPLES:
Click on each link below, review the examples and make sure you understand the proper spacing for essays.
 
Research Paper Format  (review style)
MLA Sample Report (click to view link)
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