MLA Format Heading

by Stephen on January 12, 2012 · 5 comments

in MLA Format

How to properly format the MLA Format Heading? This page contains general guidelines on how to properly format the heading on your research paper using the MLA format.

1. The Opening Page:

On the opening page or the first page, you would include the whole heading and your paper’s title. The whole heading would include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Instructor’s Name
  • Your Class Information
  • Your Paper’s Due Date


  • Font: choose an easy to read font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Font Size: set the font size to be twelve (12)  throughout your research paper, including your paper’s title. Never set the font site larger than 12.
  • Margins: 1-inch for top/bottom/right/left throughout your paper.
  • Double-space: double-space throughout your paper. Don’t add extra spaces (besides double-space) between your headings, your title and your paragraphs.

Sample of the opening page:

A sample of the first page of your paper.

2. The Inner Pages:

For the pages that follow the first page, set the heading like this: instead of the whole heading, you would use the header feature on your wordprocessing program and including the following information: Your Name and the Page Number.

Inner Page Example:

Example of the heading for inner pages.

3. The Works Cited Page:

Every research paper must include a works cited page.

  • The works cited list is placed at the end of your paper, on a new page.
  • The heading for your works cited pages should be the same as the heading for your inner pages, which include your name and the page number at the top.
  • Enter the title as “Works Cited” and place this title 1-inch from the top of the page, see more details in the example illustration picture below.

Example of the works cited page:

MLA Format Works Cited

Example of the works cited page.

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– MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Paper, 7th edition

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannan March 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I have to write a paper for an application and they want it to be in MLA format. I don’t know how to do the heading because it’s not going to one teacher in particular and it is not for one class.


Nate April 9, 2012 at 2:17 am

I don’t think you need a heading besides the “Last name-1” on the inner pages.


Corey April 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm



Kuriko December 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm



Emma November 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

So for the works cited page, you don’t need the name, teacher, date, and period heading at all?


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