MLA Format Headings

by Stephen on September 30, 2012 · 3 comments

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

1. The Opening Page:

On the opening page or the first page, you would include the whole heading and your paper’s title. The whole heading would include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Instructor’s Name
  • Your Class Information
  • Your Paper’s Due Date


  • Font: choose an easy to read font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Font Size: set the font size to be twelve (12)  throughout your research paper, including your paper’s title. Never set the font site larger than 12.
  • Margins: 1-inch for top/bottom/right/left throughout your paper.
  • Double-space: double-space throughout your paper. Don’t add extra spaces (besides double-space) between your headings, your title and your paragraphs.

Sample of the opening page:

A sample of the first page of your paper.

2. The Inner Pages:

For the pages that follow the first page, set the heading like this: instead of the whole heading, you would use the header feature on your wordprocessing program and including the following information: Your Name and the 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.

  • The works cited list is placed at the end of your paper, on a new page.
  • The heading for your works cited pages should be the same as the heading for your inner pages, which include your 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 picture below.

Example of the works cited page:

Example of the works cited page.


– MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Paper, 7th edition

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Faye Begnaud September 25, 2014 at 1:47 am

How do I cite an internet reference in MLA?

2 sofie March 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

how should i do sub-headings????

3 Salina Bujosa October 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Very helpful!

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