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Research Paper Format: Summary Of Notable MLA 9th ed. Changes
What has changed from the 8th ed. to the new MLA 9th ed? Not much! The good news is that the format for both in-text and Works Cited citations remains the same through this update. The 9th ed. includes expanded lists of examples, more in-depth guidance on using the MLA template, and recommendations for using inclusive language in your research papers.
MLA 9 Research Paper Formatting
The basics for an MLA 9th ed. formatted research paper are:
Margins: 1-inch margins on all sides
Font: use an easily readable font (Times New Roman for example) between 11-13 point font. Always follow instructor guidelines.
Spacing: double-spacing throughout
Running Header: Surname and page number, right justified
Names and class information: on just the top of the first page, left justified, type your first and last name, the instructor's name, the course name and number, and the date on separate double-spaced lines.
Title: place the title of the paper below the date, centered, in upper and lower case letters, unbolded.
Body: indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch from the left margin.
Use only one space after a period in the body of the paper.
Save this template to your desktop or flash drive and then adapt it for your paper. Margins, font, spacing, header with page numbers, title page, and works cited page are preset to meet MLA 9th edition.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE LOGGED INTO GOOGLE DOCS (OR GMAIL) before accessing this link. Select the link, select "Use Template," and then adapt it for your paper. Margins, font, spacing, headers, page numbers, title page, and works cited page are preset to meet MLA 9 specifications.