The following two sample research papers are typical of the papers that might be submitted in different kinds of courses.
Reading these papers will help you learn about organizing an argument and working with sources.
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.
Because the sample papers serve as models, we aimed to make them free of errors in grammar and documentation.
Nevertheless, we hope that the papers usefully represent good student work.Beginning one inch from the top of the first page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructor’s name (or instructors’ names, if there is more than one instructor), the course number, and the date on separate lines, double-spacing the lines.On a new, double-spaced line, center the title (fig. Do not italicize or underline your title, put it in quotation marks or boldface, or type it in all capital letters.If your instructor permits corrections on the printout, write them neatly and legibly in ink directly above the lines involved, using carets (⁁) to indicate where they go.Do not use the margins or write a change below the line it affects.Double-space the entire research paper, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited.Indent the first line of a paragraph half an inch from the left margin.If you are checking a printout and find a mistake, reopen the document, make the appropriate revisions, and reprint the corrected page or pages. Spelling checkers and usage checkers are helpful when used with caution.They do not find all errors and sometimes label correct material as erroneous.The sample papers were written by MLA staff members who are experienced college teachers.You may find that the writing and documentation seem polished.