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What Your Paper Should Look Like



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Peter Bright
Professor Claire Wise
Political Science 101
15 September 2016

Brexit and British Nationalism 

         In a referendum held on June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union (EU). This decision to exit Europe after more than four decades of membership indicates that many Britons believe their future will be more secure if they prioritize their own self-interests over the rest of Europe. It may also implement a radical change at any cost.


Formatting Basics


Font and Typeface

Use 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial.

Indenting and Spacing

Indent the first line of every paragraph five spaces or one tab. Indent entire block quotations 10  spaces or two tabs.

Double-space every line, including block quotations and the Works Cited page.


One-inch margins on the sides and bottom of each page. For the top of the page, one inch from the  main heading, which will be a half inch above the name/page number heading.

Page Numbering

Your last name and the page number should be in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Every page (including page 1) is numbered.

Title Page

MLA format does not usually include a title page. Instead, use a heading at the top of the page on the left, one inch from the top. This heading should be double-spaced and include your name, the name of your instructor, the name and number of the course, and the date.

The title of your paper should be immediately below the heading, centered. Do not italicize, underline, or put  your title in bold or uppercase.