Lastname 1

Your Name

Professor Name

English XXXX-xx

Day Month Year


          Start your introduction paragraph here. Remember to double-space your entire document!

          This sample paper describes MLA guidelines for formatting papers for your English courses. For more information on document design, see the MLA handbook, or any writing handbook, and perhaps do a web search for "document design."

          You will not need a cover page or a title page for your essay, so set up the first page of your paper as described above. Be sure to double-space your entire essay, including the Works Cited page (even though this web-page is not). Use at least one-inch margins on all four sides. Use a 12-point “readable” font (e.g., Times New Roman, Cambria, Arial, or Calibri). Indent the first line of each paragraph one tab. An extra space between paragraphs is optional.

          Finally, do not submit your final draft in one of those plastic "report covers" or binders. Ask your instructor if s/he prefers you to staple your final draft.


In addition, check your paper for the following items:


As you proofread, pay particular attention to the following items:


These are the most common formatting functions (Word '97):