* Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested.
* In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text.
* Double space again and center the title. Don't underline your title or put it in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case, not in all capital letters.
* Use quotation marks and underlining or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text, e.g.,
o Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play
o Human Weariness in "After Apple Picking"
* Double space between the title and the first line of the text.
* Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor or other readers may ask that you omit last name/page number header on your first page. Always follow their guidelines.)
Here is a sample first page of an essay in MLA style:
Image of a sample first page of an MLA-formatted paper, demonstrating double-spacing, right-hand placement of last name and page number, left-hand placement of student/instructor information, centered title, and half-inch indented paragraph text.
Image Caption: A sample first page of an MLA-formatted paper.
Cite the Purdue OWL in MLA:
The Purdue OWL. 26 Aug. 2008. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. 23 April 2008 <>.http://owl.english.purdue.edu>.
Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Online Writing Lab at Purdue. 10 May 2008. Purdue University Writing Lab. 12 May 2008 <>.http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/>.