Modern Language Association

MLA or Modern Language Association format is mainly used for writings in the field of humanities, especially literature and language. It is considered simpler than most of the other writing styles like APA (American Psychological Association) and Chicago manual, which are opted for writing in different disciplines.
Though considered to be relatively simple, the MLA format does have a set of guidelines that the writer needs to follow. Students, especially those writing research papers, need to pay particular attention to the rules of MLA writing style. Here we give you some guidelines for making a heading in the MLA format.
Page Setup Instructions
Before writing a paper in the MLA format, there are a few things every writer should keep in mind about the page setup:

► Each page should have a 1-inch margin on all the four sides. It means that there should be a 1-inch gap between the edge of the paper and the content. With a page setup option, Microsoft Word makes it easier to have an MLA-style heading in a word file.

► Each line on the paper should be double-spaced. It means that the space between lines should be double the usual. Double spacing should be followed in the title, headings, between two paragraphs, and within the paragraph as well.

► A readable font should be used while writing the paper. Legible fonts like Times New Roman, Arial, Lucida, etc., can be used. The MLA format demands that the regular and italic style of a particular font should be different from one another and easily recognizable.

► A paper in the MLA format should be written in 12-point font only. Everything from the title to the conclusion should be in that size.

Headings in MLA Format
► Like the rest of the paper written in the MLA format, headings should be in 12-point size and in a legible font. It should be double-spaced from the text above and below it.

► The headings should be grammatically similar. It means that if a writer writes the first heading as a complete sentence, then the other headings should be in complete sentences as well. On the other hand, if the writer uses a noun-phrase form in one heading, then he has to use the same form for all the other headings too. This brings uniformity in the writing style.

► Follow numbered or unnumbered format to write headings for the sections in the paper.
Heading on An Opening Page
► As there is no title page essential for the MLA style paper, it becomes necessary to include the writer’s information on the first page of the paper.

► On the upper left-hand corner of the paper, the writer should write his or her name.

► Below that, using double spacing, the name of the instructor or professor should be written.

► Then, the class information should be added.
► Lastly, the date of submission should be mentioned. In the MLA format, the date is usually written in the day-month-year format. The date and year should be written in numbers, and the month should be spelled out.

► In some cases, the month-day-year format of writing a date is also used. However, it is best to get it confirmed from the instructor.