Length The shorter, the better." Work Cited Modern Language Association."How Do I Style Headings and Subheadings in a Research Paper?
Leave 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, and each side.
Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch from the left margin.
(The exceptions are the paper or chapter title and the headings for notes and the list of works cited.) You should also generally have text under each heading.
Capitalization Capitalize headings like the titles of works, as explained in section 1.2 of the MLA Handbook.
Quotes longer than 4 lines should be written as a block of text a half an inch from the left margin. Include your last name and page numbers in the upper right-hand corner of every page.
An MLA research paper does not need a title page, but your instructor may require one. The page numbers will be one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin.That is, each level 1 heading should appear in the same style and size, as should each level 2 heading, and so on.Generally avoid numbers and letters to designate heads unless you are working in a discipline where doing so is conventional.As soon as you do this, the cursor is automatically placed before the page number so you can type your last name. To access the header area, double click near the top of the page.To leave it, double click anywhere below the header area. Since 2007, the default margin for any Word document has been 1 inch all around. If for some reason you need to fix the margins, go to Page Layout Normal. Don’t change the size, hoping that your professor won’t notice." You can save a personal template in Microsoft Word (IRSC students, download Office for free).Above is a template you can use every time you need to set-up a research paper using MLA style format.If you are writing a longer, research paper, you may want to include headings and subheadings to help organize the sections of your paper.Advice from the MLA Style Center: "Levels The paper or chapter title is the first level of heading, and it must be the most prominent.If no instructions are given, follow the MLA guidelines below: Type the following one inch from the top of the first page, flush with the left margin (double spacing throughout). If your instructor prefers no page number on the first page, begin numbering from 2 on the second page.Your Name Your Instructor's Name Course Number or Name Date Center the title on the next line. According to the MLA Style Center website, writers should avoid using headings in shorter papers.