Everything You Never Wanted to Know About MLA Formatting

This blog entry is for my JCTC English 101 and 102 students, although it can be useful to other students as well. You will need to click on the linked title above, as the entry is step-up to give a preview on the homepage because of its length.

There is an old saying among teachers; “Teacher trumps style manual.” This is to say that most of the time; the standard MLA (or APA, Chicago, ect.) guidelines will do the student fine in most classes. But, if your particular teacher has given the students supplemental formatting instructions, as I have in my classes, “Always follow your instructor’s guidelines.” (Stolley)

Works Cited

Stolley, Karl, Allen Brizee, and Elizabeth Angeli. “Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” Purdue OWL. Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, 21 July 2014. Web. 8 Feb. 2015. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/551/01

The videos directly below cover instructions and examples of how to setup Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers, in Microsoft Word 2007/210 and 2013/365.

The second set of videos cover how to use Spelling and Grammar Check, Activating Grammar and Style Proofing in Word, and Grammar and Style Formatting for APA/MLA papers. The method for using and setting up Spelling, Grammar, and Style checking is the same for 2007/210 and 2013/365.

The third set of videos covers the broad MLA Format Setup in Word 2007/210 and 2013/365.

And last, but nay least, the fourth set of videos covers MLA In-Text Citation Format, and MLA Works Cited formats. (The actual last item is a screenshot of how I want my student papers formatted, which is a modified MLA style.)

Video Set 1:

Word 2013: Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers

Word 2010: Headers & Page Numbers


Video Set 2:

Word 2010: Spelling and Grammar

Activating Grammar and Style Proofing in Word

Grammar and style formatting for APA


Video Set 3:

MLA Format Setup in Word 2010

MLA Margins, Font Face, and Size, Double Line Spacing in Word 2010

MLA Format for Word Microsoft Word 2013


Video Set 4:

MLA In-Text Citation Format

MLA Web Citation Format Review

Formatting a Works Cited list for MLA style in Word 2010

And a reminder for my own students of how I want their papers formated:

Peterson Format

Peterson Format

(Click on the picture for an enlarged version.)



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