How to use MLA format in an essay with quotations

How to use MLA format in an essay with quotations
Learning the MLA format can be a pain! However in following step by step solutions, with time and practice setting your essay in MLA format will become second nature.
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Working Computer
Step 1To begin with the standard size for MLA format is: 12 pt, Times New Roman.
To change to this font and size go to format, then font, and choose size 12 and font Times New Roman.

Step 2To add your Header go to view -> Header & Footer. A text box will appear. Indent to the right and type your last name then space and click on the insert page number. ( Looks like this : #) You can now close the box.
The header and footer should be half an inch from the top of the page and will automatically add your last name and the page number to each page.

Step 3To set a one inch margin on all four sides of your paper for MLA, go to file -> Page setup -> Margins. Make all four sides (Right, left, bottom, top) one inch.

Step 4Now you can set your paper to double space automatically. Go to Format -> Paragraph ->Indents and Spacing -> and under line spacing click Double. -> Ok

Step 5 you may type in the Header. First your first name and last name.
Then press enter to go to the second line and type in Instructor. Enter again and type in your course. Enter and then type in the date.
Ex. (26 August 2009) See Image.

Step 6You can now add you title to the center of the page. (Use the center indent icon of the standard toolbar at the top). Make sure to capitalize important words of your title.

Step 7Make sure you text starts from the left (left indent) and tab your paragraphs. That is to say your paragraphs need to be five spaces indented or one half inch.

Step 8Now would be a good time to save! Go to file -> Save -> Type in the name of your file -> then click save on the left. Afterwards you may simply type ctrl S (Hold onto both ctrl and S to save). Make sure you do this correctly if unsure simply save the first way. (File then save).

Step 9To use quotients in your essay simply use quotations marks.
EX. Refer to previous image
If a quotation is less than 40 words follow this procedure.
If a quotation is longer than 40 words will be in what is called block format. This is where you indent one inch (ten spaces). To do this press enter -> tab key twice. You don't need to add quotations marks.

Step 10To cite quotation marks simple type in the authors last name and the page number where the quotations mark is located in parenthesis.
EX. (Norton 786)
This will be used to refer back to your work cited page.
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