Here is a great resource for a guide on how to style your academic research paper the MLA way.
Source: style.mla.org/formatting-papers/ (the link opens in a new tab).
For all of us using Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting, this Purdue OWL (owl.purdue.edu – the link opens in a new tab), brought to us by The Purdue Writing Lab and the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University was a priceless resource during studies for my B.I.S. degree. That, along with the paperback MLA Handbook, the eighth edition (the link opens in a new tab).