The format of the cover page for a scholarly essay depends to a large extent on the kind of essay that you are writing and the requirements of the institution you are submitting the essay to. But given below is the most generic format that can be used for most report submissions.
The Title of the Essay
Subject for which the paper has been submitted
Date of Submission or Completion
As you can see from the format given above, very little data is needed to make a cover page. The most important things to keep in mind while drafting the same is to ensure that the data is aligned properly and given in the text and font that has been specified by your instructor. Everything should be ideally aligned properly and in the center of the page.
Given below is an example of a cover page for an essay on the reporting of crimes in leading newspapers in a city. The example follows the guidelines that have been mentioned in the format given above, but there may be some essays that need a slight modification to the format depending on the subject matter of the essay and the specification dictated by the institution that they are a part of.
Reportage of Criminal Acts in Leading Newspapers
Author's Name: Shelley Lydgoe
Ethics in Print Media
Professor's Name: Roger Fredmore
F.Y. M.A. (Mass Communication)
NYS Grant School of Journalism
Date of Completion: 23rd of March, 2012
Tips for Writing a Cover Page
The main reason to include a proper cover page for an essay is to allow the reader a glimpse into what can be expected from the essay. It is the first impression of the essay and prompts the reader to read further. This is one of the main reasons why many people consider drafting the cover for an essay of supreme importance. In this article, you will find a basic format and also an example that will help you draft your own cover page. Other than the normally reiterated tips for writing essays, there are a couple of things that are extremely important when you are framing the page.
- The most important details that need to be mentioned are the subject of the essay, the author's name and the date of completion of the essay. It is very important that the title of your essay be a catchy one as this will do half the job of drawing your readers in.
- It is of prime importance that you always verify with the professor who will be examining your paper whether there are any guidelines for the format and font specifications. In most common formats, the recommended fonts are normal and bold, to ensure proper legibility and clarity.
- Ensure that you double check whatever you write on the cover page. This is very important as any mistake will be counted as a black mark against your write up. Try to avoid the use of any images or tables on the cover page. The more professional your cover looks, the better your impression will be on your examiner.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) does not require you to create a cover page when you complete your research paper, but some instructors may require you to have it. A paper with a cover page also looks more professional.
If your instructor requires your paper to have a cover page, he/she usually provides specific instructions on what you should put on the cover page. Here is the general MLA Format cover page: this page should include your university name, your research paper title, your name, your class, your professor name and your paper’s due date.
Here is how to format your MLA cover page:
- This page is double spaced and the letters are centered.
- Type the name of your university or college.
- Skip to about one-third of the page and type your research paper title, include a subtitle if you have.
- Skip several lines down and type your name, your course name and number, your instructor name and your paper’s due date.
Sample MLA Format Cover Page:
Sample MLA Format Cover Page
Alternate First Page:
If your instructor requires a cover page, you may omit the main heading on your first page. Here is an example of the first page if a cover page is used. You still need your last name and page number on the first page and every other pages.
Sample MLA Format First Page with Cover Page
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MLA Format Guidelines:
APA Format Guidelines: