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Title Page Differences in MLA and APA Format


Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association formats aren't just for citing sources. APA and MLA style also provide formatting guidelines for papers, including guidelines for a title page. Papers in APA style have a separate title page while MLA papers include body text on the first page.

MLA Title Page

MLA style does not stipulate a separate title page although you should add a title page if your instructor requests it, according to the Purdue Online Writing Lab. On the upper left-hand of the first page of your paper, type your first and last name, your instructor's name, the course and the date on separate double-spaced lines. On the next double-spaced line, write your title and center it, using plain type and title case, capitalizing the first letter of all the principal words in the title. The text of your paper should begin on the following double-spaced line. Like the other pages in your essay, the first page should have your last name and the page number in a right-justified header.

APA Title Page

APA format requires a title page. On the upper half of the page, type the title of your paper; your first name, middle initial and last name; and the institutional affiliation, which is where you performed your research. Each of these items should be centered and on its own line, although your title may take up two lines. Your title page should also have a header with a left-justified running head and a right-justified page number. The running head is a shortened version of your paper title, written in all capital letters. On the title page, your running head should begin with the words "Running head," followed by a colon and the title of your paper in all capital letters.

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Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at tolerance.org. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

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