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NoodleTools & Citations: How to Format Your Paper

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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