MLA Format Cover Page

by Stephen on September 30, 2012 · 35 comments

The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not require you to create a cover page when you complete your research paper, but some instructors may require you to have it. A paper with a cover page also looks more professional.

If your instructor requires your paper to have a cover page, he/she usually provides specific instructions on what you should put on the cover page. Here is the general MLA Format cover page: this page should include your university name, your research paper title, your name, your class, your professor name and your paper’s due date.

Here is how to format your 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 your research paper title, include a subtitle if you have.
  • Skip several lines down and type your name, your course name and number, your instructor name and your paper’s due date.

Sample MLA Format Cover Page:

Sample MLA Format Cover Page

Alternate First Page:

If your instructor requires a cover page, you may omit the main heading on your first page. Here is an example of the first page if a cover page is used. You still need your last name and page number on the first page and every other pages.

Sample MLA Format First Page with Cover Page

Sample Paper:

Visit here for a real sample paper with the cover page. This paper also has the outline page for your sample.



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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lady February 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thank you very much!

2 Makayla Paige March 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

I found this very helpful. Thanx.

3 Stephen March 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hi Makayla!

Thank you very much for your very encouraging comment! Best wishes!!!

4 Lyle March 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Very helpful thank you so much!

5 Stephen March 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

Thanks Lyle!!!

6 Ricky March 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

This is great!

7 Jordan March 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

Very easy to follow, thanks.

8 Danielle March 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Exactly what I was looking for! Thank-you for making it simple and easy to follow!

9 David April 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Lovely.

10 Kayla Sammons April 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

So easy. Thanks.

11 Caden April 9, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I knew that was so easy.

12 Aleah May 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

This was really helpful thanks!

13 Bayleigh May 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Thank you so very much! This was so convient and easy to understand. Very helpful.

14 Katherine May 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Goodness. Thank you so much. This is perfect. Where were you when I was trying to write my History essay? ;)

15 Fernando May 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Awesome

16 Samuel Lai July 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

Great help!

17 Marcela November 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

This was extremely helpful and simply put!

18 Rick November 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Is there a font size difference between the title of the paper and the rest of the title page?

19 Stephen November 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

Hi Rick! You may use the same font size or you may increase the font size a little bit on the cover page if you prefer. Take care.

20 Nicky December 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm

This was a great help.

21 Casandra December 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Really truly I find this to help me out a lot through my whole research paper.

22 Tia December 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I really loved this, it helped me a lot.

23 Vicky January 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Great help.

24 Thulani March 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Great help

25 Pertircia March 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Wow!! This was such great help with writing my paper! I would recommend this to anyone! :) Have fun writing everyone.

26 Aime May 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

Omg love this type page.

27 Benny June 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

It was to fine.

28 Andrea June 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I love you. Thanks

29 Tammy July 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

doesn’t say what size font on the titles to be used…. looks like it might be different
Thank you

30 Fred Phillips August 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

100% helpful.

31 David September 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Thanks so much

32 Trent September 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

This is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exactly what i was looking for keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!
Tudalu!!!

33 Amelia November 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

If a teacher requires a title page, do you need to include a header on the second page?

34 Raul November 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Thanks!

35 Tyrone November 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm

how do you make an college title page in a portfolio?

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