MLA Formatting: How Do I Do: A Cover Page?

This resource can help you with questions you may have around MLA; this document will show you have to properly format in-text citations, form block quotes, structure a cover page, etc. Think of it as your MLA "cheat sheet"!

What is a Cover Page and a First Page?

Here is some information you should know when formatting your cover page or your first page:

  • MLA does not require you to have a title page unless you are specifically told otherwise by your instructor for your assignment.


  • Typically, the first page of your paper will just have your name, professor’s name, the course and course number, and the date. There are page numbers used in MLA writing, and to properly do so, they go at the top right corner, following your last name.


  • If you have a cover page, then you do not need to include your name, instructor’s name, date, or course information; you will still need the title on your first official page of writing.


  • Adding to what was previously said, if you do not have a cover page, then you must include your name, instructor’s name, course title and number, as well as the date on your first official page of writing, followed by the title of your work.

Cover Page Example - Blank

Your Affiliated University








Title of Your Work

Subtitle (If Applicable)













Your First and Last Name

Course Name and Title

Professor or Instructor's Name

Paper Due Date

First Page Example - Blank

Last Name Page Number

Your First and Last Name

Professor or Instructor’s Name

Course Number and Title



Title of Your Word:

Subtitle (if applicable)

            This is where you will start your first paragraph, indented once to the right using the “Tab” button on your keyboard. MLA documents do not require you to have cover or title pages, just the title of your work at the beginning of your writing, and then you just go right into your work. With MLA writing, you double space your writing, as well as keep fonts either Times New Roman, Arial, or something generic and basic like them, and you must keep the font at a size twelve. Everything from your name at the top of the paper, to your conclusion can be double spaced. You may also choose to make your title bold or not, that is a personal preference; oftentimes, if you are curious as to which to do (bolded or not), check with your instructor as they will be able to answer those specific and detailed questions.

            Continue with writing your following paragraphs and work, making sure that you are keeping things double spaced and in an easy to read, size twelve font. …



















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