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MLA Format using AbiWord

This tutorial will show you how to do MLA Format using AbiWord. It is very easy and we are going to accomplish the following settings:

I. How To Set the Font and Size:

By default, when you create a new document, AbiWord uses font Times New Roman and size 12 and that is correct so we do not need to change the font and size.


II. How to Set the Margins in AbiWord:

By default, AbiWord uses a margin of 1 inch for top, bottom, right and left and that is correct so we do not need to change the margins.

III. How To Create a Header in AbiWord:

  1. Click on Insert => Click on Header.
  2. Click on the Right Alignment icon (to bring the blinking cursor to the right).
  3. Type your LastName and a blank space.
  4. Click Insert => Click on Page Numbers.
  5. Under Position, click on Top => under Alignment, click on Right => click on Insert.
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IV. How to Setup Line Spacing to Double Spaced:

  1. Click on Format => Click on Paragraph.
  2. Under Line Spacing, choose Double => Click OK.

V. How to Enter the First Page Information:

  1. Type your full name => press Enter.
  2. Type your professor’s name => press Enter.
  3. Type course title => press Enter.
  4. Type your paper’s due date => press Enter.
  5. Click on the Align Center icon on the formatting toolbar (to center your blinking cursor) => Type the title of your paper, capitalizing the first letter and all major words and proper nouns. Do not use italics, boldfaced type, underlining, or all caps to format your title. Do not type a period at the end of the title => press Enter.
  6. Click on the Align Left icon (to bring your blinking cursor to the left).
  7. Click on the Tab key to indent 1/2 inch to begin your first paragraph. Use the Tab key on every next new paragraphs. Your completed setting should look like this:

VI. How to Setup the Works Cited Page:

Follow this how-to when you are ready to work on your Works Cited page. The Works Cited page has the following characteristics:

  • A heading “Works Cited” centered one inch below the top edge of a new page. Do not bold or underline this heading.
  • No indent on the first line of each entry. If an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines 1/2 inch from the left margin.
  • Alphabetize entries in your list of works cited by the author’s last name, using the letter-by-letter system.
  1. Immediately after typing the final line of your paper, click on Insert => click on Break => click on Insert (to begin a new page). Your header with your last name and automatic page numbering should appear at the top left of your paper.
  2. Click on the Align Center icon so that the text is centered.
  3. Type Works Cited (do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks).
  4. Press the Enter key once to begin a new line.
  5. Click on the Align Left icon so that the text is aligned left.
  6. Now type your sources. Don’t worry about indentation on the subsequent line/lines yet.
  7. Once you are done typing your sources => highlight all your sources => click on the Left Indent icon and drag it to the 1/2 inch mark and that is it.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Take care!

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