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MLA Style Guide, 8th Edition: Formatting Your MLA Paper

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❶Type both label and title flush left on separate lines above the table, and capitalize them as titles do not use all capital letters. Ford Prefect, best friend of Arthur is a smooth talking, blanket carrying person from the remote planet of Betelgeuse Five.

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Sample of the opening page: In certain situations or assignments, a paper with a cover page can look more professional. Instructors who require the paper to have a cover page usually provide specific instructions on what should be included. Here is the general MLA Format cover page. Aims Community College , a paper title, author name, class name, professor name and paper due date. Here is how to format an MLA cover page:. If an instructor requires a cover page, the identification heading on the first page should be omitted.

Below is an example of the first page if a cover page is used. Last name and page number should appear on all pages, and the title should appear at the top of the first page only. For the pages that follow the first page, set the heading like this: Creating a correct title page is easy to do, and something you should be able to do on your own after some practice.

Until then, let Formatically help you create your title and cover page for you! It's easy, quick, and correct every time! Since your title page is the first thing your teacher will see when grading your paper, you want it to be perfect.

Incorrect or sloppy title pages are a major pet peeve of English teachers because it shows you don't pay attention to details or directions. The last thing you want is a teacher to think you're lazy right off the bat! MLA format requires that you add your last name and page number in the upper-right corner of each page. Go to the "Insert" menu at the top of the page, and select "Page Numbers.

To add in your last name, put the mouse just to the left of the number 1 on the front page and double click. You should now be able to add your last name just to the left of the page number. Once you set this up, the file will automatically update the page numbers as you type, and each page will keep your last name too! Once you set up the page numbers, you need to add some basic information to the upper-left corner of the page. You can set everything 12, Times New Roman. Or you can set the Title a little larger than 12, that should work too.

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I finally have a cover page for my paper!! 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? Thanks so much for all of the great information!

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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!

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The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not require you to create a cover page when you complete your research paper, but some instructors may require you to have it. A paper with a cover page also looks more professional.

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This resource contains a sample MLA paper that adheres to the updates. To download the MLA sample paper, select the MLA Sample Paper . MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8 th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

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Here is a sample paper in MLA format that has both the cover page and the outline pages. This paper has 10 pages so if you are under a slow Internet connection, please wait a few seconds for all of the pages to load. Does your research or term paper require MLA style? Use this accessible template to help you follow the proper guidelines. Includes instructional text to .