MLA Format Sub-headings

by Stephen on February 20, 2012 · 2 comments

in MLA Format

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.


MLA Format, Sample Subheadings

MLA Format => Sample Subheadings

*Visit this full sample paper for ideas!

Multi-Level Subheadings:

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.

Level Format
1 Boldface, flush left
2 Italicized, flush left
3 Boldface, centered
4 Italicized, centered
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 format subtitles

– MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition
– Writing the Research Paper, 7th Edition.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Monika Woods January 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

You put “loose” you points. It should be “lose”.


Stephen January 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Thank you Monika!


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