Eliminate any ideas that use first-person nouns or pronouns unless the essay is about you.
For example, eliminate "My Ideas on Improving Child Care in America," but keep "Summer in the Park: My Life as a Professional Nanny." Eliminate any ideas that refer to your essay or research itself.
Number all pages consecutively throughout the research paper in the upper right-hand corner, half an inch from the top and flush with the right margin.
Type your last name, followed by a space, before the page number (fig. Do not use the abbreviation before the page number or add a period, a hyphen, or any other mark or symbol.
Always choose an easily readable typeface (Times New Roman is just one example) in which the regular type style contrasts clearly with the italic, and set it to a standard size, such as 12 points.
Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin; turn off any automatic hyphenation feature in your writing program.
Begin writing your essay in left alignment on the next double-spaced line. List the entry for an essay from a periodical using the information, formatting and punctuation contained in the following sample.
Begin the entry for an essay from a book or anthology with the essay author's last name.
Learning to write an essay title in MLA format is a necessary skill for any scholarly writer.
Write down four to six title ideas that give the reader an idea of what to expect in your essay.