How To Organize A Research Paper Cover Page In The MLA Format

The first thing to be aware of when writing a research paper using MLA format is that you do not necessarily need to cover page. As a result, it can be a good idea to check with your teacher or instructor to see whether they specifically want one or not - of course, if they have no preference, then it may be up to you.

Assuming that you do need some form of cover page, the following outlines how you should approach the work, as well as a few other details.

Are there any formatting instructions that you need to know?

As you might expect, considering the cover pages a relatively simple and straightforward part of your essay, you need to be aware of relatively few formatting instructions - in fact, there are only two that you need to be concerned with. Firstly, when it comes to the layout of your work, you should use double spacing. Secondly, you should ensure that the text is centered. And that is it for the formatting side of things.

What details need to be included and in which order?

Perhaps the most important thing that you need to know is what details should be included, as well as which order you should include.

The top of the page you should include the name of your educational establishment, which would normally be a university or college.

Around the third of the way down the page from the name of your school you will include any appropriate headings. It may simply be that you only have the main heading to include; however, if you have any subheadings and include them just below the main heading.

Towards the bottom of the page you should include your name then, on a new line, you should include the details of your course, this is followed by the professor’s name on the next line down, followed by the deadline date on a final line of its own.

Does including a cover page affect the rest of your work in any way?

If you do choose to include a cover page then it is worth noting that you do not necessarily need to include the main heading on your first page. Other than that, there are no major changes - for example, you will still need to include the page number on the first page - which you will continue to include every other page thereafter - plus you should include your last name with the page number.