Title Page Formats

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The APA Title Page

Grace Fleming

This tutorial provides instruction for three types of title pages:

  • APA Title Page
  • Turabian Title Page
  • MLA Title Page

The APA title page can be the most confusing to format. The running head requirement seems to confuse students who don't understand whether (or in what manner) to use the term "Running head" on the first page.

The example above shows the proper method. Type "Running head" in 12 point font in Times New Roman and try to make it level with your page number, which also appears on the first page. After this phrase you will type an abbreviated version of your official title in capital letters.

The term "running head" actually refers to the shortened title you've created, and that shortened title will "run" along the top of your entire paper.

The shortened title should appear at the top of the page on the left, in the same area--level with the page number which will be place on the top right corner, about an inch from the top. You insert the running head title and the page numbers as headers. See the Microsoft Word tutorial for specific instruction for inserting headers.

The full title of your paper is placed about one third of the way down the title page. It should be centered. The title is not placed in capital letters. Instead you use "title style" capitalization; in other words, you should capitalize the major words, nouns, verbs, and first and last words of the title.

Double space after the title to add your name. Double space again to add additional information, and make sure this information is centered.

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Turabian Title Page

Grace Fleming

Turabian and Chicago style title pages feature the title of the paper in capital letters, centered, typed about one third of the way down the page. Any subtitle would be typed on a second line (double spaced) after a colon.

Your instructor will determine how much information should be included in the title page; some instructors will ask for the title and number of the class, their name as instructor, the date, and your name.

If the instructor does not tell you specifically what information to include, you may use your own best judgement.

There is room for flexibility in the format of a Turabian/Chicago title page, and the final appearance of your page will depend to a great degree on the preferences of your instructor. For example, the information that follows the title may or may not be typed in all caps. Generally, you should double space between elements and make the page look balanced.

Be sure to leave at least an inch around the edges for a margin.

The title page of a Turabian paper should not contain a page number.

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MLA Title Page

The standard format for an MLA title page is having no title page at all! The official way to format an MLA paper is putting the title and other informative text on the top of the page above the introductory paragraph of the essay.

Observe in the example above that your last name should appear in the header along with the page number. When inserting page numbers in Microsoft Word, simply place the cursor in front of the number and type, leaving two spaces between your name and the page number.

The information you type on the top left should include your name, the instructor's name, the class title, and the date.

Note that the correct format of the date is day, month, year.

Do not use a comma in the date. Double space after you type this information and place your title above the essay. Center the title and use title style capitalization.

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