How to Format a Title Page in Turabian

Updated July 21, 2017

Step 1

Format the title page of your paper for a humanities field. On the left-hand side at the top of the page, list (in descending order, double-spaced): Your Name Your Instructor's Name Course Number ("English 101," "History 122") Date

Step 2

Center the title of your paper. Indent paragraphs five spaces, and begin. (Note: on subsequent pages, your last name and the page number will appear in the top right-hand corner of the page.)

Step 3

Format the title page of your paper for a social science field. All page numbers appear in the top right-hand corner of the page, including page one. At the left-hand margin on the top line of the page, type your running head--an abbreviation of the title of your paper: Running Head: ABBREVIATED TITLE (use all caps)

Step 4

Locate the center of the page (both from the top and the side margins), and type your full title with upper and lowercase letters. Below this, also centered, type your name; below your name, type your university information. (Note: the body of your paper begins on Page Two.)

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  • Make sure to note any specific directions your professor might give you for formatting your papers.


  • Don't get the two styles described above mixed up: the first one, for the humanities, is MLA style, and the second is APA for the social sciences.

About the Author

Sheila Tombe holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish; and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in comparative literature. She has published poetry in several print and online venues, such as "Rosebud" and the "Southern Poetry Anthology."