MLA Formatting

In order to help you get your formatting right, the SFU English department has created a condensed version of the MLA guidelines.

In addition to that, I’ve created an MLA Format Sheet that shows you what an English essay is required to look like.

To actually make your essay look like that format sheet, you should watch the video below and follow along. If you make one file that has the correct formatting, you can just use it over and over again to write your essays.


Here are all those details in brief:

  • Spacing: double-space the whole document (no extra space between paragraphs)
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides (or 2.5cm)
  • Header: place your last name, a space, and then the page number at the right margin of the header
  • Top Left: four lines (your full name, teacher’s full name, name & number of class, due date)
  • Essay Title: centred, italicize book/play titles, quotation marks for short stories/poems/essays
  • Indent: 1/2 inch first line only (except after block quotations)
  • Block Quotations: indent 1 inch at left & 1/2 inch at right, no quotation marks
  • Citations: directly after quotations; author and page number in brackets