Suggestions On How To Make A Cover Page For A Research Paper

When you were in elementary school and you had a report due, you put a lot of effort into the cover of that report. You would draw pictures, use yarn to tie it off, have glitter, and write with the brightest marker you could. Those days have passed. As a mature and older writer your cover page for your writing will be quite different.

Making a Cover Page for a Research Paper

  • MLA Style-a cover page is not required for a MLA paper. However, your instructor can chose to ask you for one. If he or she does, then the writing will be double-spaced and the writing will be centered. You will first type the name of your school. Then you will space down about one-third of the paper and place your title of your paper. If you have a subtitle, put it there also. After that, then space about 8-10 lines and write your name, the class title, your teacher’s name, and the paper due date. All of this writing should be in size 12 fonts using a plain font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  • APA Style-a cover page is required with the APA format. At the top right corner of your page you will place the running head. This is a short version of your paper title. It should be 50 characters or less in length. It is left justified and it is placed on every page with the number of the page to the right of it.
  • The title is centered and located halfway down the piece of paper. You will include the full title, even if it is lengthy. Then skip 8-10 lines and place your personal information. It will go in this order and will be: your name, the name of your professor, the designation of the paper (such as thesis, research paper, or dissertation), and the date due. All of this information will be centered and should end one inch from the bottom of the page.
  • All of the margins should be one inch, as well. The fonts should be easy to read such as Arial and they should be size 12. All lines will be double-spaced.

If you are assigned a major paper, touch bases with your teacher and ask him or her what the expectations are as far as the cover sheet. Feel free to use this guide if you are required to submit a cover page with your completed paper.