Writing a Research Paper MLA


Writing a Research Paper MLA: Things to Remember

While writing a research paper you should pay attention to all the aspects, among other things to the design as well. Moreover, the proper design of your paper gives you additional points. So, let’s consider some information concerning writing a research paper MLA style that will be helpful for you.

It should be mentioned that MLA style is used in writing research papers in arts and humanities. Writing a research paper MLA format supposes the number of requirements that must be fulfilled while dealing with it. Let’s name the main of them

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins at all sides
  • half an inch-indented paragraphs
  • double-spaced text

As for page numbers they should be typed in the upper right-hand corner of each page, half an inch from the top and an inch from the right-hand edge (the first page should be numbered as well). Remember: your last name should be stated before each page number!

Writing a research paper MLA: the first page

A peculiar feature of writing a research paper MLA is the absence of the title page. The point is that you should type your name, your tutor’s name, the course and the date in four lines in the upper left-hand corner of the page. Do not forget that the text should double-space. Put the title of your research paper in the centre of the next line. It should not be italicized, underlined or put in quotation marks. Use the standard capitalization (do not write the title in all capital letters). The title should not end with a period; but you may use a question mark or an exclamation mark if it is necessary. Then start typing the text of your research paper from the next line of the same page (do not forget about double space!).

Writing a research paper MLA: the system of headlines

Writing a research paper MLA means also the usage of headings of several levels. They are 5 in the MLA style:

  1. Left-aligned, boldface headings
  2. Left-aligned, italicized headings
  3. Centered, boldface headings
  4. Centered, italicized headings
  5. Left-aligned, underlined headings

First of all, you should use the first level headings. For example, if you have some classification of several levels, you should use the first level headlines for the first one, the second level headlines for the second one and so on.

Pay attention: these are the general requirements of writing a research paper MLA but you should also consult your tutor concerning the format of your paper.

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