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MLA Style (8th/9th Ed.)

Title, Identification and Pagination

MLA citation style does not require a title page. On the first page of your paper place

  • your name
  • your instructor's name
  • the course title
  • and the date

on separate lines, double-spaced against the left margin of the page.

Then, centre your title. 

If your instructor requires a title page, ask for guidelines on formatting the title page.


Put the page number preceded by your last name in the upper right corner of each

page. Use Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3 etc.)

To insert your last name and page numbers in Word 2007

  • Click on the Insert tab on the toolbar
  • In Header & Footer click on Page Number
  • Choose Top of the Page
  • Move your mouse down to select Plain Number 3
  • A Header Bar will appear at the top of your page with the cursor on the left-hand side of the page in front of the number 1
  • Type your last name
  • Use the space bar to insert one space between your name and the number 1
  • Click on Close Header and Footer

Sample First Page


                                                                                            Thornton 1

Mary Thornton

Professor Robert Brown

English 160

21 October 2005

   Paternalism and Middle-Class Charity in The Moonstone 

IIn Wilke Collins' novel, The Moonstone, class structure and gender role definition are two interconnected and

fundamental issues within the text. Nineteenth-century British protest and reform movements were undermining

traditional principles and circumstances of employment, criminal justice, law, religion and education. In this

environment, women of the upper and middle-classes were presented with new and conflicting roles in both the public

and private spheres. Upper-class women, traditionally aligned with paternalism, watched over their domestic servants

and used their wealth to do philanthropic work. Middle-class women, an increasing segment of the population, used

their growing influence to try to improve the conditions of the poor. These two groups ...