Research Paper: MLA Formatting


Your paper must be:

  • Times New Roman
  • 12 Font
  • Double Spaced
  • MLA Format
  • Original Title
  • Page Number on top left of each page
  • 2 FULL pages
  • 3rd Page will be Works Cited Page
  • Have at least two citations from two different sources


Your heading should look like this:


Due Date

Teacher Name

Class Name


Double Spacing

Set up Double Spacing:

Step 1 - Select Format > Paragraph
Step 2 - Find “Line Spacing” and select “Double” from the drop down menu.


MLA Formatting

The easiest way to use MLA format is to use Microsoft Word. This is a step-by-step example on how to use it:

Add a citation after a quote

  • In your Word document, click on the References tab in the Ribbon.
  • In the Citations & Bibliography group, click the arrow next to Style.
  • Click the style that you want to use for the citation and source.
  • Click at the end of the sentence or phrase that you want to cite.
  • Click Insert Citation and then select Add New Source.
  • Type in the citation details and then click OK.

When you’ve completed these steps, the citation is added to the Insert Citation button, so the next time you quote this reference, you don’t have to type it all out again.

Creating a Works Cited Page

Create a works cited page from your sources

If you want to create a works cited page from your sources, do the following:

  • Click where you want to insert a bibliography. Typically, they are at the end of a document.
  • On the References tab, in the Citations & Bibliography group, click Works Cited.

Much like the Table of Contents builder in Word, you can select a predesigned Works Cited format that includes a title or you can just click Insert Works Cited to add the citation without a title.

This is what your Works Cited Page should look like:

Works Cited

“Blueprint Lays Out Clear Path for Climate Action.” Environmental Defense Fund. Environmental Defense Fund, 8 May 2007. Web. 24 May 2009.

Clinton, Bill. Interview by Andrew C. Revkin. “Clinton on Climate Change.” New York Times. New York Times, May 2007. Web. 25 May 2009.

Dean, Cornelia. “Executive on a Mission: Saving the Planet.” New York Times. New York Times, 22 May 2007. Web. 25 May 2009.

Ebert, Roger. “An Inconvenient Truth.” Rev. of An Inconvenient Truth, dir. Davis Guggenheim. Sun-Times News Group, 2 June 2006. Web. 24 May 2009.