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NoodleTools, Citations & Paper Formatting: How to Format Your Paper

We recommend NoodleTools for creating citations. It works with our school databases and does the formatting for you.

How to Format Your Paper

General Paper Set Up

  • 12-point font
  • Times New Roman font (or other serif fonts)
  • 1-inch margins on all sides
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph a half an inch from the left margin

The First Page

  • All double-spaced
  • Top left of first page:

Your Name

Your Instructor's Name

Course Number or Name


  • On the next line, using plain text, center the title 
  • Indent the next line and start your paper

Page Numbering

  • Include your last name and page numbers in the upper right-hand corner of every page

Formatting Quotes

  • Quotes shorter than 4 lines should be formatted the same as the rest of your paper.
  • Quotes longer than 4 lines should be written as a block of text a half an inch from the left margin

Works Cited Page

  • Are double-spaced
  • Use a hanging indent
  • Have the sources alphabetized

How to Set Up MLA Formatting in Word

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