How to Write the Heading Page for an Autobiography

Whether you are writing your autobiography for a sociology class or an English class, you will most likely be using either one of two formats: APA or MLA. APA format, developed by the American Psychological Association, is the format typically used for the social sciences. MLA format was developed by the Modern Language Association and is the commonly used format within the liberal arts. To properly include a header for an autobiography in either of these formats you must abide by a certain set of rules.

APA Format

Select "Insert," in your word processing program to insert a running header on the title page of your paper.

Click "Header," and choose a blank header from the drop-down menu.

Type your header introduced by "Running head" followed by a colon. Write your title in all capital letters. For example: Running head: TITLE OF MY PAPER.

Highlight your running header and select the left alignment button to align the header left.

Insert a title header by selecting "Insert." Click "Header" and select the upper left-hand side option from the drop-down menu so that the header will appear on all pages, except the title page.

Type in all capital letters the title of your paper. Select "different first page" from the toolbar, so the title will not appear on the title page.

MLA Format

Type your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.

Highlight and double-space the header.

Type your title in plain format, without italics, underline or quotes. Use standard capitalization. For example: Title of My Paper. Highlight the title and center it. Double-space between your title and the first line of text.

Insert a header by selecting "Insert" and "Page Number" in your word processing program and selecting the upper-right hand corner format.

Type your last name followed by a space to the left of the page number so that your last name will appear on all pages. If your instructor specifies not to include a page number on the first page, select "Different first page."

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