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A research paper with a cover page is a fine way to impress your readers with a professional look that speaks volumes about your dedication and hard work. Cover letters shouldn’t be in any way distracting or decorated; they should provide readers with succinct and clear information about the content you have provided.
Here are the three most widely used styles and cover page elements for each:
MLA Format Style Cover Page
The MLA format style doesn’t require you to create a cover page when writing research papers, however, some instructors may require you to include one on a case by case basis.
- The title of your research paper should be center aligned and a third of the way down the page.
- Your name should be center aligned and Two – Three lines below your title.
- Write the course information Two – Trio lines below your name, center aligned, and write your instructor’s name directly below this.
- Write the date of conformity below your instructor’s name, center aligned.
APA Format Style Cover Page
The APA format style is most commonly used for citation within the social and behavioral sciences and is widely used by hundreds of scientific journals.
Chicago Format Style Cover Page
The Chicago format style is widely used in publishing but is also used in social sciences and history fields and generally mixes a number of formats to give writers more freedom.
These ordinary instructions will give you a good title page that provides your reader a superb very first impression that should reflect favorably upon all the hard work you have put into your research.