A Brief Manual On Creating An MLA Research Paper Cover Page


The Modern Language Association Format a Citation Style Guide does not generally require you to create cover page for any of its written assignments. However, some instructors do like the presentation of a research paper with a cover page. You can always check with your instructor to learn more about the specific details he or she would like in a cover page, but you can also follow this brief manual which covers all of the basics:


The Cover Page Basics in MLA Style


The standard rules for creating a cover page in the MLA formatting style are as follow:


  • Use a standard 8 ½ inch by 11 inch standard white paper with 1-inch margins all the way around.

  • Double space the entire page, using a standard a legible font that is no greater than 12-pt in size.

  • Don’t use any fancy fonts, graphics, or formatting styles. When choosing a font be sure it’s something that will read clearly when printed.

  • Center all text. Place the name of your school or associated institution near the top of the page.

  • Skip down about a third of the page and put in the title of your research paper. If you have a sub-title, place this in the following line also centered.

  • Skip down several more lines and enter your name, the course name and number, your instructor’s name and the research paper’s due date each on separate lines.


Creating an Alternate Cover Page


An alternative to creating a separate cover page at the beginning of your research paper is to have all the pertinent title information on the first page of your body of work. Use the following instructions to create this alternate cover page:


  • Use a standard 8 ½ inch by 11 inch standard white paper with 1-inch margins all the way around.

  • In the header, include your last name and page number placed 1-inch from the right margin. This should appear on all pages.

  • In the top left hand corner of the page and in separate lines enter your full name, class name and number, instructor’s name and the research paper’s due date. All of this should be double spaced just like the rest of the assignment.

  • On the following line enter the work’s title, centered, with the sub-title on the line immediately following the main title.

  • Start the main text of your work in the line immediately following the title or sub-title if applicable.