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Changing Document Settings
MLA Documentation Style
The research paper in this project follows the guidelines presented by the MLA. To
follow the MLA documentation style, use 12-point Times New Roman, or a similar, font.
Double-space text on all pages of the paper using one-inch top, bottom, left, and right
margins. Indent the i rst word of each paragraph one-half inch from the left margin. At
the right margin of each page, place a page number one-half inch from the top margin.
On each page, precede the page number by your last name.
The MLA documentation style does not require a title page. Instead, place your name
and course information in a block at the left margin beginning one inch from the top of the
page. Center the title one double-spaced line below your name and course information.
In the text of the paper, place author references in parentheses with the page
number(s) of the referenced information. The MLA documentation style uses in-text
parenthetical references instead of noting each source at the bottom of the page or at
the end of the paper. In the MLA documentation style, notes are used only for optional
content or bibliographic notes.
If used, content notes elaborate on points discussed in the paper, and bibliographic
notes direct the reader to evaluations of statements in a source or provide a means for
identifying multiple sources. Use a superscript (raised number) both to signal that a note
exists and to sequence the notes (shown in Figure 2-1 on page WD 67). Position notes
at the bottom of the page as footnotes or at the end of the paper as endnotes. Indent the
i rst line of each note one-half inch from the left margin. Place one space following the
superscripted number before beginning the note text. Double-space the note text (shown
in Figure 2–1).
The MLA documentation style uses the term works cited to refer to the biblio-
graphic list of sources at the end of the paper. The works cited page alphabetically lists
sources that are referenced directly in the paper. Place the list of sources on a separate
numbered page. Center the title, Works Cited, one inch from the top margin. Double-
space all lines. Begin the i rst line of each source at the left margin, indenting subsequent
lines of the same source one-half inch from the left margin. List each source by the
author’s last name, or, if the author’s name is not available, by the title of the source.
In the APA documentation
style, a separate title page
is required instead of
placing name and course
information on the paper’s
i rst page. Double-space
all pages of the paper with
one-inch top, bottom, left,
and right margins. Indent
the i rst word of each
paragraph one-half inch
from the left margin. In
the upper-right margin of
each page, including the
title page, place a running
head that consists of the
page number preceded
by a brief summary of the
Changing Document Settings
The MLA documentation style dei nes some global formats that apply to the entire
research paper. Some of these formats are the default in Word. For example, the default
left, right, top, and bottom margin settings in Word are one inch, which meets the MLA
documentation style. You will modify, however, the font, font size, line and paragraph
spacing, and header formats as required by the MLA documentation style.
For an introduction
to Windows 7 and
how to perform basic
Windows 7 tasks, read
the Ofi ce 2010 and
Windows 7 chapter at
the beginning of this
book, where you can
learn how to resize
create folders, move
and rename i les, use
Windows Help, and
To Start Word
If you are using a computer to step through the project in this chapter and you want
your screens to match the i gures in this topic, you should change your screen’s resolution
768. For information about how to change a computer’s resolution, refer to the
Ofi ce 2010 and Windows 7 chapter at the beginning of this topic.