How to Write a College Paper in MLA Format

Example Paragraph

Student’s Name

Teacher’s Name

The Name of the Class

21 August 2022

The Importance of University Sporting Events

Sports are important for the proper function of a university, but they are not the most important reason to go to a university. Sporting events do three important things for a university: they bring in revenue, help students develop a sense of community, and allow students to relax after hours of intense study. First, university sports, especially football, are a powerful recruitment tool, and if a university attracts more students, it can collect more revenue from tuition. With more revenue, the university can build a better learning experience for all its students. Second, sports allow university students to come together as a community. Attending sports events and rooting for their team along with other students from the same university brings the students together as a whole. When students are bound to the university they attend, they are more likely to work together and help each other work to the best of their abilities. Third, university sports are a good stress release for students who have been devoting all their energy to earning a good education. Going to a university is fun; it is supposed to be fun. But attending a university is hard work and can be stressful. Therefore, the university has provided many types of entertainment, like sporting events, for its students to allow them to take a break when they feel the need. However, students spend many thousands of dollars to attend a university, and they borrow this money from their parents, the federal government, or private loan companies. No matter how much they may enjoy attending sporting events, students spend all this money get an education not to attend sporting events.

Breakdown of the Example Paragraph

Student’s Name

Teacher’s Name

The Name of the Class

The Current Date

Your name and class information goes on the top left.

The Title

The Importance of University Sporting Events

The title is a very short description of the paper.

The Topic Sentence

Sports are important for the proper function of a university, but they are not the most important reason to go to a university.

The topic sentence is states exactly what the paragraph is going to be about.

Follow up to the Topic Sentence

Sporting events do three important things for a university: they bring in revenue, help students develop a sense of community, and allow students to relax after hours of intense study.

(You will not be expected to write more than one sentence for your topic sentence)

The Main Points

Point Number1:

First, university sports, especially football, are a powerful recruitment tool, and if a university attracts more students, it can collect more revenue from tuition.

Follow Up Sentence for Point Number 1:

With more revenue, the university can build a better learning experience for all its students.

Point Number 2:

Second, sports allow university students to come together as a community.

Follow up Sentences for Point Number 2:

Attending sports events and rooting for their team along with other students from the same university brings the students together as a whole. When students are bound to the university they attend, they are more likely to work together and help each other work to the best of their abilities.

Point Number 3:

Third, university sports are a good stress release for students who have been devoting all their energy to earning a good education.

Follow up Sentences for Point Number 3:

Going to a university is fun; it is supposed to be fun. But attending a university is hard work and can be stressful. Therefore, the university has provided many types of entertainment, like sporting events, for its students to allow them to take a break when they feel the need.

Conclusion:

However, students spend many thousands of dollars to attend a university, and they borrow this money from their parents, the federal government, or private loan companies. No matter how much they may enjoy attending sporting events, students spend all this money get an education not to attend sporting events.

This two-sentence conclusion restates the topic sentence in different words.

(You will not be expected to write a two-sentence conclusion)

MLA Format

General Formatting

  • One-inch borders
  • Times New Roman 12-point font
  • Double spaced

Page Number

Put your last name and page number is in the header on the top right.

  • Double click the header
  • Click page number
  • Select top of page
  • Choose the option with the page number on the right-hand side
  • Type your last name to the left of the page number and add one space

Name and Class Information

In the top left corner of the page put

  • Your name
  • The instructor’s name
  • The class name
  • The current date

It should look like this:

Student’s Name

Teacher’s Name

The Name of the Class

21 August 2022

Title

The title should be centered on the line directly below the date.

The Paper

  • The paper starts on the line directly below the title.
  • Indent the first line of every paragraph.
  • If you have more than one paragraph, do not add a space between paragraphs.
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