Using MLA style you should be familiar with its general formatting requirements. You should know every detail from common paper layout (general format) to abbreviations. General format includes general requirements to the paper (format of paper, font, margins, format of the first page, etc).The paper should be typed and printed on standard white paper (8.5x11 inch).
Text must be double-spaced. Choose readable font, such as Times New Roman. Its size should be 12 pt. All margins should be 1 inch. The first line of each paragraph should be 1/2 inch from the left margin. Page numbers should be placed in the right upper corner, where you should also create a header. Place it before the page number. This header includes author's last name.
MLA does not require making a title page (unless your instructor specifically asks you). All information about the author, course, date and professor should be place in the left upper corner of the first page. The title of your paper should be placed in the center after this information. For the title use the same simple font with standard capitalization, without quotation marks, not underlined or italicized.
Your paper might have many pages, so you will probably need to divide it into sections and create subheadings. MLA recommends authors to give their essay sections arabic numbers. The main principle is to make headings that grammatically resemble each other. For example, if most of your headings are full short sentences, you should make all other headings the same way.
If you want to cite any works in your text, you should follow the citation rules of MLA style. It uses parenthetical citation. According to this method, you must place information about a source in parentheses after a quote. The information in parentheses depends on kind of source and its entry on Works Cited page. All sources you refer in text must be mentioned on the Works Cited page and the signal word in parentheses must be the first in entry on this page.
MLA involves the use of endnotes in those cases when it is necessary. Notes have to be numbered by Arabic numbers. And they must be listed on separate page entitled Notes (or Note, if there is only one Note).
For in-text quotation MLA uses author-page style. According to this style format of references depends on several circumstances: whether the source has one or several authors or corporate author, whether the source has one or several editions. This style also includes particular requirements for the sources with unknown author, different sources with the same author or authors with the same last names, various non-print sources or internet sources.