Essay Format Example

Oct 7, 2009 Filed under:Section 5 – free essays — admin @ 2:10 am

Essay Format Example

A crucial part of writing an academic essay is to do so in the required format. The different essay format examples for an academic paper include:

  • APA format
  • Chicago
  • Harvard
  • MLA

The essay format example to be taken up by this article is mainly the MLA format. Read on to find out the correct line spacing, indentations, proper margins, how to correctly title and number your academic paper, indent paragraphs and come up with a proper ‘works cited’ page.

The Title Page

Below is an essay format example of an MLA title page.  Type your name, professor’s name and subject as shown below followed by the date after leaving double spacing on the left hand side; leave double-space after the date.  Write your surname in the right-hand and follow it with a space and page number. Number the pages that follow as 1, 2, 3, 4 unless your professor instructs otherwise. Center the title on a new line as shown below:

  • Alan Q. Student
  • Professor Tee
  • History 3448
  • May 2009
  • Your Title Goes Here

Use Times New Roman or Courier New Font of 12 pts and make sure that you have centered the title. Don't use all caps for the title but do underline, put in italics or inverted commas, any reference to prior literature in your title or text. Also remember to use double spacing between the title and the start of the text. Always follow your professor’s guidelines.)

Proper Spacing

Proper spacing between Lines # All academic papers regardless of whether they are in MLA or any one of the other above formats have to have double spacing. There are two reasons for this. Firstly double spacing makes a paper easier to read and understand. Not only does double spacing make your academic paper more reader friendly, it also gives space for your professors to jot down their comments and suggestions.

Proper Spacing Between Words: A single space is required after every word or after punctuation marks like commas, colons or semi-colons. You should leave two spaces between sentences. The more modern trend is to leave a single space. You can also note that there should not be any space before the punctuation mark.

Proper Margins

 Always justify the text so that you have uniform 1’ margins on all sides unless your professor tells you differently. Indent set-off quotations 10 spaces or 1" from the left margin.

Quotations should be indented 1" from the left margin. So there in a nutshell is an MLA essay format example for MLA papers