MLA Format Cover Page

by Stephen on September 30, 2012 · 28 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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1. Lady — February 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thank you very much!

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

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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

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5. Stephen — March 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

Thanks Lyle!!!

6. Ricky — March 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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7. Jordan — March 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

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12. Aleah — May 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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13. Bayleigh — May 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

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14. Katherine — May 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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

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17. Marcela — November 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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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

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28. Andrea — June 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

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