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MLA Format Cover Page

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 it.

If your instructor requires your paper to have a cover page, here is how to make it (very easy). This cover page should include: your school name, your research paper title, your name, your class, your professor name and your paper due date.

How to Format Your MLA Cover Page:

  • This page is double spaced and the letters are centered.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Font size: 12
  • The first letter of each word should be capitalized with the exception of very short words such as: the, and, of, or, a, an, in, to, for. Note: the first letter of the first word should be capitalized, regardless of what kind of word it is.
  • Type the name of your university, college or high school.
  • 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 due date.

Sample MLA Format Cover Page:

Sample MLA Format Cover Page

Alternate First Page (Important):

If your instructor requires a cover page, you would 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 page.

Sample MLA Format First Page with Cover Page

More Info

Sample MLA Paper:

Visit here for a sample paper with the cover page. The cover page can vary slightly. This paper also has the outline page for your sample.

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  • Cooper Babbel January 2, 2022, 11:46 pm

    Hello, thank you so much for the great article. It’s helping me a lot! I was wondering if you could either add a template or for example:

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    If you could that would be great, if not not worries.

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  • Denise December 12, 2021, 2:18 pm

    This article was helpful in learning how to present a paper in MLA format.

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  • Gabby September 8, 2021, 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much for all the help. I had to do a title for my math assignment and this works great!

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  • Damion February 28, 2021, 10:25 am

    This was a little helpful to me. But since I never paid attention all my life in English class I am confused about how to set up a cover page.

  • Jessica February 26, 2021, 8:44 pm

    Thank you! I cannot believe that as a grad student I didn’t know the proper formatting for an MLA cover page.

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  • Ayden October 28, 2020, 7:25 am

    Thank you for the help. Needed an example with a cover page. 🙂

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