Creating an MLA title page

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If you are writing a research paper in the MLA style for a class, then you may need to include an MLA format title page. An MLA title page is the cover of your paper, and they aren’t always required. So, how do you make a title page that adheres to the MLA formatting guidelines, and how do you know when you need one?

This page contains all the information you need to know to make the perfect MLA title page, so that you can prove that you are an expert researcher and get the best possible grade.

Title page vs. MLA heading on first page

The current edition of the Modern Language Association (MLA) handbook does not require a title page, but your teacher, professor, or other reader may require one. In this case, you will need to know the differences between a title page and a cover page, and which one to use depending on your reader’s preferences.

Title page / Cover page

Before you start typing your MLA research paper title page, you will need to gather some information.


First page: MLA heading (no title page)

Although it’s important to know how to create an MLA essay title page in case your instructor requires it, in most cases you will use an MLA heading on the first page of your paper instead.


Published October 25, 2020.

Written by Grace Turney, freelance writer and artist. Grace is a former librarian and has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology.


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