If you would like to utilize subheadings (subtitles) in your research paper, it is a good idea to first check with your instructor to be 100% sure what subheading format he/she would like you to use. Utilizing a subheading format that your instructor doesn’t like will lose you points.
Depending on how long your paper is, you will need either one level subheadings or several levels subheadings
One Level Subheadings:
Format: centered, capitalize the first letter but not the whole subtitle.
*Visit this full sample paper for ideas!
If your paper has subtitles under subtitles, checkout the format below. Be sure to check with your instructor first if he/she agrees with this format before you decide to use it.
|1||Boldface, flush left|
|2||Italicized, flush left|
|5||Underlined, flush left|
|Tips:||– Do not capitalize the whole subheadings. Capitalize the first important letters (Example: Limitations of the Study)- A subheading should always have at least two lines of text following it. If a subheading happens to fall at the bottom of a page, move to the next page and start the subheading at the top of the new page.|
– MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition
– Writing the Research Paper, 7th Edition.
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Last updated: 27 Feb. 2012