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Explaining How A Term Paper Cover Page Template Must Look Like

College is a wonderful experience filled with many joys and new challenges. These challenges help us to become more well-rounded individuals as well as grow as professionals and productive members of society. One such challenges often faced in the university setting is the term paper. This important piece of writing is crucial to the successful completion of many courses. It is the center piece if you will to conveying that you have adequately absorbed the knowledge shared by the professor and that you fully comprehend the concepts presented in the course. Because this composition is of such great importance it is imperative that you format it in the proper manner. In this article I will be focusing on the term paper cover letter and what it must look like.

There are several items that a term paper cover page must include. The information required is very specific and is meant to quickly inform the audience of the author and contents of the paper. The contents of your cover page will vary slightly depending on the style in which you are writing. Listed below are items that you will need for the cover page for both an APA and MLA formatted term paper. Items that must be included on an MLA cover page are…

  • The name of your university
  • The title of your paper
  • Your name
  • The name and number of the course for which you have composed the paper
  • Your professor’s name
  • The date that the term paper is due

Each of these items should be listed in the order above. Later in the paper I will display a template to give you a better visual understanding of the requirements for this style of cover page. The other style of cover page that you will most frequently encounter is the APA style cover page. Items to be included here are…

  • Running Heahead
  • Page number
  • Title
  • Name
  • University

Again these must be listed in the order stated above. Below I will provide a template for this style of cover page.

MLA Style

University Name

Title of your paper

Your name

Course name and number

Professor’s name

Due date

APA Style



University Name

As you can see above writing a cover page for a term paper does require some specific information and formatting. However with a little direction it is not difficult to produce a professional term paper that will earn you the grade you desire.

MLA Format in Detail

This page contains general guidelines on how to properly format the headings on a paper using MLA format.

Without a Cover Page:

This is the most common way to begin an MLA essay because MLA does not require a cover page. Some instructors, however, may require one (see instructions and example below).

1. The Opening Page:
On the opening page or the first page, a comprehensive identification (sometimes referred to as the main heading) and essay title should appear. The identification includes the following information:

  • Student/Author Name
  • Instructor’s Name
  • Class Name/Information
  • Your Paper’s Due Date


  • Font: choose an easy to read font such as Times New Roman
  • Font Size: set the font size to be 12 throughout the paper, including the paper’s title. Never set the font size larger than 12.
  • Margins: 1-inch for top/bottom/right/left throughout the paper
  • Double-space: double-space throughout he paper. Don’t add extra spaces (besides the already used double-spacing) between headings, title and/ paragraphs.  Important Note: In the newest Microsoft Word settings, adding extra spaces between paragraphs is a default setting and must be disabled by the writer; otherwise, extra spaces will be automatically created. 

Sample of the opening page:

With a Cover Page:

The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not require a cover page, but some instructors may require it. 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. This page should include your school or university’s name (i.e. 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:

  • This page is double-spaced and the letters are centered.
  • Type the name of your university or college.
  • Skip to about one-third of the page and type the research paper title, including subtitle if there is one.
  • Skip several lines and type student/author name, course name and number, instructor name and paper due date.

Sample MLA Format Cover Page:

Sample MLA Format Cover Page

Alternate First 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.

Sample MLA Format First Page with Cover Page

2. The Inner Pages:
For the pages that follow the first page, set the heading like this: instead of the whole heading, use the header feature in the word-processing program to include author last name and page number.

Inner Page Example:

Example of the heading for inner pages.

3. The Works Cited Page:
Every research paper must include a works cited page(s).

  • The works cited list is placed at the end of the paper, beginning on a new page.
  • The header for the works cited page(s) should be similar to the header for the inner pages, which includes author name and the page number at the top.
  • Enter the title as “Works Cited” and place this title 1-inch from the top of the page, see more details in the example illustration below.

Example of the works cited page:

Example of the works cited page.

For moreiInformation on MLA works cited pages, including in-depth instructions for citing various sources, view MLA Works Cited Page.


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