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What Goes On A Title Page Of An Assignment On

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 page.

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.

MLA Format Guidelines:

APA Format Guidelines:

Cover pages (also known as title pages) in APA look like this:

They include the following elements:

  1. Correct formatting (font: Times New Roman, size: 12, spacing: double, margins: 1 inch)
  2. Running head
  3. Page number
  4. Title
  5. Author name (you are the author, so your name)
  6. School you are affiliated with (Rasmussen College)
  7. Author note (Rasmussen requires this, APA does not) with information about the class name, class instructor and date.

Rasmussen has a template you can use in the formatting tab of our APA Online Citation Guide at

Check out our APA formatted sample paper for more tips and hints!

Check out our Answer below to watch a video on how to format your Word document for APA format:

How do I format my Microsoft Word document in APA?