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MLA 9th Edition : Research Paper Formatting

Library guide to support MLA 9th edition.

About Research Paper Formatting in MLA 9th ed.

The Gateway Libraries recommend that students consult their course syllabus and assignment details for any course specifics and additional faculty requirements. 

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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.

Details for formatting your paper in MLA Style (9th Edition). 

Additional information:

MLA 9 Templates & Guide

The Gateway Libraries recommend that students consult their course syllabus and assignment details for any course specifics and additional faculty requirements. 

Sample MLA 9th ed. Papers