First Page Menu Comments


Header Content - Each page (excluding the first) of the paper should include the author’s surname and page number (MLA Chapter 4.3, 117-18, see also Figure 8, 118).

Header Position - The author’s surname and page number should appear half an inch from the top of each page (excluding the first) and should be flush right (MLA Chapter 4.3, 117-18, see also Figure 8, 118).

Title Format 

Title Center - The title should be centered above the first paragraph of the paper (MLA Chapter 4, 4.3, 116-17).

Title Format - The title should not include bold, italics, underlining, or quotations (MLA Chapter 4, 4.3, 116-17).

Capitalize Title - Capitalize the first word and every primary word within the title (MLA Chapter 4, 4.3, 116-17).

Title & Subtitle

Title Content - The title should be both accurate and specific to the content of the paper.

Too Long - The title is too long. A good title is typically no longer than 15 words.

Too Short - The title is too short. The title is not sufficiently descriptive of the paper.

Key Concepts - The key concepts from your paper should be included in the title of your paper.

Abbreviations - Titles with abbreviations and acronyms can reduce title clarity.

Subtitle - Appropriate use of subtitles can prepare the reader for the paper content. A good subtitle would work well here.

Positive  Constructive

Dull Title - The title needs to be more compelling to encourage potential readers to move beyond the first page.

Catchy Title - Really great title. It describes the content of your paper in a compelling way.

Nice Title Page - Nice work on the title page!