How To Do MLA Format On Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to do MLA format on google docs.

How To Do MLA Format On Google Docs

The MLA (Modern Language Association) Format is a popular style for formatting academic papers and citations. If you are writing a paper in MLA format, you may be wondering how to do it in Google Docs.

After following a few simple steps, you can easily format your paper according to MLA guidelines.

In this guide, we will show you how to format a Google Docs document to follow the MLA guidelines.

How to Use the MLA Format in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to use the MLA format in google docs.

Step 1

First, use the shortcut Ctrl + A to select all text in your document.

Step 2

The MLA format requires you to use a legible font in size 12. The MLA format requires the italicized and regular styles of the font to be distinct enough from each other when reading.

In the example above, we’ve decided on using Times New Roman 12.

Step 3

Next, we’ll need to check if the margins follow the MLA format. We can check on our margins by clicking File > Page setup.

In the MLA format, margins on all sides should be 1 inch.

Step 4

The MLA format indicates that we should use double spacing. We can find the double spacing option under the Line & paragraph shortcut in the toolbar.

Step 5

Next, we must add a first-line indent to each paragraph. Select Format > Align & indent > Indentation options.

In the indentation options menu, select First line under Special indent and use the value 0.5 inches.

Click on Apply to add the first line indent to the selected text.

Step 6

The MLA format also requires you to include a few details in the upper-left corner of the first page. These details are the following: your name, the name of your instructor, the course, and the submission date.

The title of your work should proceed in the line below these four details. The title must be center-aligned and with the proper capitalizations.

Step 7

Next, we must add a right-aligned header in every page. The header should include the writer’s last name followed by the page number.

To add a page number, click on Options > Page numbers.

Google Docs will now automatically add the appropriate page number for each header.

Step 8

The last page should be a Works Cited page with all your references written in MLA format. Each entry should use a hanging indent and must be arranged alphabetically by last name.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to do MLA format on google docs.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.