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MLA Format Sub-headings

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.

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 One Level Subheading

*Visit this full sample paper for ideas!

Multi-Level Subheadings:

If your paper has subtitles under subtitles, see the format below. Be sure to check with your instructor first if he/she agrees with this format before you decide to use it.

1Boldface, flush left
2Italicized, flush left
3Boldface, centered
4Italicized, centered
5Underlined, 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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