MLA Format Cover Page

by Stephen on December 16, 2011 · 17 comments

in MLA Format

The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not require you to create a cover page when you complete your research paper, but sometimes your instructor may require for it, a paper with a cover page looks a lot more PRO!

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.

MLA Format Cover Page 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 pages.

MLA Format First Page Sample with Cover Page

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Stella February 4, 2012 at 8:24 am


I have a question regarding the cover page and the following pages. If I have a cover page as the example provided, do I still need the heading on the next page? And should the pages after that contain my last name on the top left as the header does on the on the previous pages? or do I not need the header at all if I have the cover page and just my name?

Thank you.


Stephen February 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

Excellence question, Stella! I have updated this article with information on the first page if a cover page is used. Please see “Alternate First Page” above.

You can omit the main heading but you still need your last name and page number on the first page and all subsequent pages. Take care!


Needshelp February 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thank you so much for your help on this useful website! I found it very organized and I’m very glad that I came across this particular article. Thanks!!!!!!!:)


needshelp...again February 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

By the way (sorry i forgot!) for the coverpage, would the text font be 12 times new roman???


Stephen February 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

You can set everything 12, Times New Roman. Or you can set the Title a little larger than 12, that should work too.

In the example above, I have the title larger than 12.

Here is an example with everything set at 12.


Kaylin Viiga March 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

I love this website!! It helped so many times with all my essays. I’m working on a college one and this was very useful. Thank you soo much. And thanks for the examples im a visual person I needed that 🙂


Stephen March 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hi Kaylin, I am glad you find this site useful. Take care!


Joe April 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thank you so so much. I love the simplicity of the website, very easy to understand. I finally have a cover page for my paper!!


Lydia September 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Thanks so much for the picture of the cover page it has helped a lot. But, I was wondering do I still need to put my Title at the top of every page after the header?


Stephen September 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

Hello Lydia. You do not.

After your cover page, your next page’s heading should look like the “Alternate First Page” above.

After the “Alternate First Page” => your next pages should have “The Inner Pages” heading:

Sample paper:


Jeremiah Dresser March 12, 2013 at 6:32 am



Faith July 4, 2013 at 1:54 am

Should the lines on the cover page be double spaced?


Danielle Pardoe January 31, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Thanks so much for all of the great information! I have not used MLA before and was a little panic stricken. I have found all of my answers here. This is now saved to my favorites so I can use it regularly.
Thanks again!


Megan bolling February 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Great site ! Thank you so much. Just returned to school to complete my bachelors and needed a little refreshing. Has all the information I needed !


Sibi March 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

Thank you so much Stephen !!! Helped a lot in my written assignments 🙂


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