Sample Cover Page Of A Term Paper

MLA Format in Detail

This page contains general guidelines on how to properly format the headings on a paper using MLA format.

Without a Cover Page:

This is the most common way to begin an MLA essay because MLA does not require a cover page. Some instructors, however, may require one (see instructions and example below).

1. The Opening Page:
On the opening page or the first page, a comprehensive identification (sometimes referred to as the main heading) and essay title should appear. The identification includes the following information:

  • Student/Author Name
  • Instructor’s Name
  • Class Name/Information
  • Your Paper’s Due Date

Settings:

  • Font: choose an easy to read font such as Times New Roman
  • Font Size: set the font size to be 12 throughout the paper, including the paper’s title. Never set the font size larger than 12.
  • Margins: 1-inch for top/bottom/right/left throughout the paper
  • Double-space: double-space throughout he paper. Don’t add extra spaces (besides the already used double-spacing) between headings, title and/ paragraphs.  Important Note: In the newest Microsoft Word settings, adding extra spaces between paragraphs is a default setting and must be disabled by the writer; otherwise, extra spaces will be automatically created. 

Sample of the opening page:

With a Cover Page:

The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not require a cover page, but some instructors may require it. In certain situations or assignments, a paper with a cover page can look more professional.

Instructors who require the paper to have a cover page usually provide specific instructions on what should be included. Here is the general MLA Format cover page. This page should include your school or university’s name (i.e. Aims Community College), a paper title, author name, class name, professor name and paper due date.
Here is how to format an MLA cover page:

  • This page is double-spaced and the letters are centered.
  • Type the name of your university or college.
  • Skip to about one-third of the page and type the research paper title, including subtitle if there is one.
  • Skip several lines and type student/author name, course name and number, instructor name and paper due date.

Sample MLA Format Cover Page:

Sample MLA Format Cover Page

Alternate First Page:

If an instructor requires a cover page, the identification heading on the first page should be omitted. Below is an example of the first page if a cover page is used. Last name and page number should appear on all pages, and the title should appear at the top of the first page only.

Sample MLA Format First Page with Cover Page


2. The Inner Pages:
For the pages that follow the first page, set the heading like this: instead of the whole heading, use the header feature in the word-processing program to include author last name and page number.

Inner Page Example:

Example of the heading for inner pages.

3. The Works Cited Page:
Every research paper must include a works cited page(s).

  • The works cited list is placed at the end of the paper, beginning on a new page.
  • The header for the works cited page(s) should be similar to the header for the inner pages, which includes author name and the page number at the top.
  • Enter the title as “Works Cited” and place this title 1-inch from the top of the page, see more details in the example illustration below.

Example of the works cited page:

Example of the works cited page.

For moreiInformation on MLA works cited pages, including in-depth instructions for citing various sources, view MLA Works Cited Page.

Turabian Title Pages

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General Format | Thesis/Dissertation Format


General Title Page Format

This section covers the typical title page for most undergrad papers. Always check the requirements and preferences of your professor, department, and institution. They may have particular preferences for how to format the title page. 

Content

  • The title page should include the paper title, your name, and your class information.

 

Format

  • All the text on the title page should be standard 12pt. font, consistent with the paper, centered and double-spaced.

 

Arrangement

  • The paper’s title should be about one-third of the way down the page.
  • Your name and class information should be about two-thirds of the way down the page.

 

Page Number

  • The title page should not have a page number.

 

Sample Title Page 

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Thesis/Dissertation Title Page Format

This section covers the typical title page for most theses and dissertations. Always check the requirements and preferences of your professor, department, and institution. They may have particular preferences for how you format your title page and pages after that, which may not be in a typical Turabian paper. 

Content

  • The title page should include: institution name and department; paper title/subtitle; submission statement; class information; your name; and date of submission.

 

Format

  • All the text on your title page should be standard 12pt. font, consistent with the paper, centered and double-spaced. 

 

Arrangement

  • The content of the title page should start about 1 inch down from the margin, which would be 2 inches from the top of the page.

 

Page Number

  • The title page should not have a page number.

 

Sample Title Page 

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Material on this page adapted from Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th ed. In manual, see A.1, A.2.

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