Setting Up the MLA Paper Format Worksheet

Category: MLA Guide

Test your knowledge using this MLA Paper Format Worksheet that gives you practice on following guidelines. Ten exercises have you check for mistakes in formatting that do not follow the MLA Guide.

Setting Up the MLA Paper Format

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, circle yes or no regarding whether the information follows the correct MLA paper format. As you review the information in each, circle any mistakes, and decide what you would change to comply with the MLA format.

    • Correct format? Yes/No

Chosen font type and size: Decide whether this font is acceptable.

    • Correct format? Yes/No

Information on the first page of a paper:

Student Name
Date
Instructor Name
Paper Title

    • Correct format? Yes/No

Header information to appear on every page with changing page numbers:

Page # Last Name

    • Correct format? Yes/No

Information on the top of the first page:

Student Name
Instructor Name
Class Name
Date

MY RESEARCH PAPER TITLE

    • Correct format? Yes/No

Section headings of a paper on the effects of having alcoholic parents on children.

1. Typical home life.
2. The effects on life at school.
3. The reason children develop social and emotional issues.
4. Examining the long-term effects.
5. What has research made clear?

    • Correct format? Yes/No

Header information to appear on every page with changing page numbers:

Paper Title, Last Name, Page #

    • Correct format? Yes/No

The heading information that appears on the first page of a research paper:
Student Name
Instructor Name
Class Name
Date

Research Paper Title

The MLA paper format should be followed for all paper types that require the use of MLA documentation. The format establishes consistency and allows for more focus to fall on the content and writing style of writers.

    • Correct format? Yes/No

For the initial setup of your paper, you set the following:

Margins: 1 inch on the top and bottom and 1.5 inches on the left and right sides
Font: You select this font in size 11.

    • Correct format? Yes/No

Sample section headings for a research paper on cell phone use while driving and related accidents that argues cell phone use on the road should not be restricted. Instead, irresponsible drivers should face consequences

1. Research findings
2. Risks vs. benefits
3. Education about responsible cell phone use
4. Stricter laws for irresponsibility

    • Correct format? Yes/No

The start of the first page, including all header information and the start of a first paragraph:

Last Name Page #

Student Name
Instructor Name
Class Name
Date

Research Paper Title

The MLA paper format should be followed for all paper types that require the use of MLA documentation. The format establishes consistency and allows for more focus to fall on the content and writing style of writers.