How To Format An Essay

This is a tutorial that will show you step by step how to set up an essay using MLA formatting. Please watch the video carefully. Each essay you turn in must be formatted correctly.

The only thing I would like you to do differently than this video teaches has to do with the date. In the video you will see the date listed as “December 12, 201X” This is incorrect. I need to you make sure your date is Day Month Year, written out with no punctuation (see the example and the picture below).

12 December 2015

You will also want the date to be the date the essay is due, not the day you are writing it.

For the teachers name, do not put Professor Harrison (I am not a professor). But you want it to be more formal so you can write my name as “Mrs. Harrison.”

The title of the class is “World Literature.”

So the Heading should look similar to the picture below:

For More Information, visit Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)


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