Oh No. You Have To Write That MLA Style Paper. Here’s How.

So it happened. You procrastinated, and that one annoying professor is demanding an MLA style paper. Do not fret, young child. Here’s how you can create dat paper.

1. So you’ve reached that point. The point of desperation.

Don’t give up. Well, not entirely.

2. Let’s get down to business.

The first thing you need to do is get yourself some standard formatting. You know, 8.5 × 11 paper (standard on almost all office suites like Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Apache Open Office, etc.). Next, make sure that the paper is double spaced, and you’re using a legible font (no Mom, Comic Sans won’t do).

Oh, and one inch margins. Never forget those sweet, sweet one inch margins.

3. But wait, there’s more.

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You got the most important elements to work with, so do not fret. Lets move on to headers.

4. Headers Everywhere

Let’s go over how to add a header in Google Document. Click “Insert,” head down on the menu, and click “Header.”

5. Look at you, superstar. Setting the world on fire with headers.

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You did it. You really did it.

6. This is what a dope header looks like.

Too legit to quit. Yours will probably have different words, unless you’re forging documents in my name.

7. Do not make a title page unless your professor loves wasting paper and requests it.

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Easiest way to spot a freshman in the lecture hall.

8. In the upper left hand corner, list your name, your instructor’s name, class name, and date.

Make sure you double check your syllabus and assignment sheet that this is exactly what the professor wants. A lot of professors have very peculiar ways in which they want the top of your paper done.

9. Double space and center that title.

Also, don’t even let your foolish little head think that you can underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks. Because you can’t.

10. Embrace them MLA feels.

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You’re almost there. So close to having an MLA document.

11. Section Headings. Let’s talk about them.

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We’re going to cross the (not really) important section heading bridge. They are nice, but not necessary to MLA format. If you choose to go through with headings, keep to a consistent style.

12. In page citations are for gangsters

Let’s get on the citation train. To create an in page citation, simply state the author’s last name followed by the page number in parentheses. Simply elementary, Watson.

13. MLA is now m’lady.

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You now have a basic grasp of how to create a MLA formatted paper. Now you only have a whole paper to write. Hooray, you’re on the escalator of success!

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