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Assignment | iSchool English II Research Paper: MLA Style

Fall 2018 | English II | iSchool High

Google Docs: Setting up Your Paper

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Google Docs: How to Set Up an MLA Format Essay (2017)

MLA format essay (8th edition, 2017)

  1. Open a new document.
  2. Set the font to Times New Roman, size 12.
  3. Set the Line spacing to Double.
  4. Type your first and last name. Press enter/return.
  5. Type the name of the professor or teacher. Press enter/return.
  6. Type the name of the class. Press enter/return.
  7. Type the either due date or date of completion, whichever is applicable. Use the format DD month YYYY. For example, 01 January 2017. Press enter/return.
  8. Center the text. The title of the paper goes here. Press enter/return.
  9. Indent once using the tab key.
  10. Begin writing the essay.
  11. To create a new paragraph, press the enter/return key only once. Indent using tab.
  12. To create a works cited page, leave the cursor at the end of the text. Go to Insert > Page break.
  13. Center the text and type Works Cited.
  14. For information on how to cite sources, refer to the MLA Citations tab.
  15. Go to the first page. Insert page numbers by going to Insert > Page number > [Choose the first option, start numbering on first page].
  16. In front of the page number, type your last name then a space. Set the font to match the rest of the paper.

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