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Teach me how to write a MLA format essay
What exactly is MLA format?
MLA an acronym for Modern Language Association is a popular formatting standard used by many educational institutions for academic writing.
The name itself may sound really sophisticated and those who’ve been to submit a writing in this format may confuse it with a different writing style altogether. However in reality MLA is just a different way of presenting your document. Most frequent use of MLA format is through Microsoft Word.
Below find a brief guide on how to write your first paper in MLA format.
- Open a blank Microsoft Word document.
- On the navigation page, click on the Page Layout Tab and set the margins to 1 inch.
- On the navigation page, click on the Home Tab and set the font style to Times New Roman.
- On the navigation page, click on the Home Tab and set the font size to 12.
- On the navigation page, click on the Home Tab and set the Line spacing to 2.
- On the navigation page, click on the Insert Tab and add a header to your document. Write your user name and page number and justify it to the extreme right.
- Make sure to remove any sort of space in between the paragraphs.
- Now, to insert headings, make sure they are in Bold, and justified to the extreme right. The date format to be adopted is mm/dd/yy. (1/8/14)
- If you’re assigning a title to your essay it should be in the top centre of the page, font size being 12 and style being Times New Roman.
- If you’re quoting someone of mentioning famous names or books etc italicize the selected words.
- Review your essay before printing or submission. Add a cover page to make it more presentable.
The basic Word features are same for Windows and MAC gadgets. The content quality of your essay doesn’t depend on the MLA format. You need to write a good essay with proper intro, body and conclusion. You need to proofread it to eliminate any spelling or grammatical mistakes. Your ideas and expressions need to be original. Like mentioned above, MLA format will only help you improve the presentation of your essay.
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