MLA First Page and Formatting


Student's Name and Page Number


Student's Name
Instructor's Name
Course Info
Due Date
In Defense of Anthem
Feeling lost and alone is something that all of us have to deal with at one time or another.
in our lives.  At times, all of us wonder about such things as who we are, why we’re here, blah 
blah blah …..  (Your last sentence in your intro paragraph will often by your thesis.)

General Style Reminders


Double-spaced throughout, including identifying info on top of first page.

Font size/style:

Generally Times New Roman, size 11 or 12 (no larger than 12-point).


One-inch margins all around: left and right sides, top, and bottom.

Titles of works (books, etc.):

Book titles/other major works are italicized.  Short stories, poems, movies, or other short works are put in quotation marks.  

Adding emphasis:

Generally, use italics.  Don’t overdo this.  Don’t quote or underline for emphasis.


Left-aligned (or left-justified).  Never centered; never double-justified.


Indent one tab space.  All paragraphs should be unifiedaround one main idea.  Keep them to a manageable length; don’t overcrowd with extraneous detail or excessive quotation.

Works Cited:

Also fully double-spaced.  Use hanging indents (“Ctrl + T” keyboard shortcut).

Other Information


Insert header as shown in example, half-inch from top of page.  It should include last name and page number.

Cover/title page:

Not necessary for MLA.  The first page should include all necessary ID info.  Titles should be centered and in regular font (not in bold, italics, etc.)  Make your title count!  It’s the first thing an instructor will read that you created.  It serves as the first impression of your essay. Avoid functional titles or assignment names.


After the first page, every other page (including the Works Cited) should only have last name and page number on the top, right-hand corner.