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MLA 9th Edition: Paper Format

The Purpose of this guide is to help you use MLA style to format your writing and cite your sources.  MLA style is used for student and professional writing in the arts, English, language arts, foreign language, literature, and cultural studies.

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Last Name 1

[First and Last Name]

[Professor's Name]

[Course Number]

[Day Month Year]

[Title; Capitalize all Main Words; Do Not Bold, Underline, or Italicize]

               [Beginning of paper...]



Cunningham 1

Robyn M. Cunningham

Professor J. Christopher Bittenbender

English 200

14 February 2023

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First Page Format Guidelines for MLA 9th Edition

Formatting the First Page of your Paper

PLEASE NOTE: Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested or the paper is assigned as a group project. In the case of a group project, list all names of the contributors, giving each name its own line in the header, followed by the remaining MLA header requirements as described below. Format the remainder of the page as requested by the instructor.

Top left: In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text.

Title: Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks. Write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters. Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text.

Text: Double space between the title and the first line of the text.

Header: Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number. Number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor or other readers may ask that you omit the last name/page number header on your first page. Always follow instructor guidelines.)