We don’t require the use of Times New Roman or any other font. Our guidelines on formatting papers give this recommendation: “choose an easily readable typeface (e.g., Times New Roman) in which the regular type style contrasts clearly with the italic.” The abbreviation e.g. means “for example,” and so Times New Roman is just one example. Any other typeface that fits the description would be acceptable in a research paper.
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If my paper has only one source or only one endnote, should the heading still be plural—Works Cited or Notes?Answer
No. The heading should be changed to the singular so that it matches the relevant material: Work Cited or Note.
The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook doesn’t explain how to format the research paper itself. Is this topic covered anywhere?Answer
The topic is covered here at The MLA Style Center. The guidelines are the same as they were in the seventh edition.