Answered By: Cathy Goodwin
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015     Views: 16

MLA Style

In the MLA style, a research paper does not have a separate title page. On all the pages create a header on the right hand side that includes your last name and the page number, separated by a space.

One inch from the top, on the left hand side, write your name, your instructor's name, the course number, and the date, double-spaced and on separate lines. (Section 4.3 in the MLA handbook.)

View the guide on Formatting Your Paper (MLA Style) or the MLA Handbook, 7th Edition for more information. 

APA Style

In the APA style, the title page includes the following parts: A running head, page number, title, author, institutional affiliation, and author note (if necessary).

A running head is the condensed title of your paper on the top left of the header and is in all caps. It should not be more than 50 characters in length. It appears on all following pages. A page number should be included on the top right side of the header and should appear on all following pages as well. (Section 8.03 in the APA handbook.)

In the center of the upper half of the page, include the following information: Title, your name, and institutional affiliation (Technical College of the Lowcountry), all double-spaced and on separate lines. The title should fully describe the paper in 12 words or less (Sections 2.01-2.02).


View the APA General Format Guidelines from the Purdue OWL or the APA Manual, 6th Edition for more information and examples.