MLA format requires double-spacing. The default setting in MS Word adds some extra spacing. Before you start your paper, go to the Spacing section of the Paragraph menu, change the spacing to Double, and CHECK the box for Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style.
The list of works cited appears at the end of the paper. Begin the list on a new page and number each page, continuing the page numbers of the text. Center the title, Works Cited, an inch from the top of the page. Double-space between the title and the first entry. Begin each entry flush with the left margin; if an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines one-half inch from the left margin. Double-space the entire list, both between and within entries.
Always choose an easily readable typeface (e.g., Times New Roman) and set it to a standard size (e.g., 12 points).
A research paper does NOT need a title page. Instead, beginning one inch from the top of the first page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructor's name, the course number, and the date on separate lines, double-spacing between the lines. Double space again and center the title. Double-space also between the lines of the title, and double space between the title and the first line of the text. Do not italicize or underline your title, put it in quotation marks or boldface, or type it in all capital letters.
When a source does not indicate the publisher, the place or date or publication, or pagination, use the following abbreviations for information you cannot supply:
n.p. - no place of publication given
n.p. - no publisher given
n.d. - no date of publication given
n. pag. - no pagination given
Follow the rules of capitalization. If your abbreviation appears after a period in the citation, use a capital N. If not, use a lowercase n.