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One inch from the top of the first page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructor’s name (or instructors’ names, if there is more than one instructor), the course name and number, and the date on separate double-spaced lines. On a new double-spaced line, center the title (fig. 1.1). Do not italicize or underline your title, put it in quotation marks or boldface, or type it in all capital letters. Follow the rules for capitalization set forth in 2.90 and italicize only the words that you would italicize in the text.

Fig. 1.1

The top of the first page of a research paper.

Fig. 1.1

The top of the first page of a research paper.

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Do not use a period after your title or after any heading in the paper (e.g., Works Cited). Begin your text on a new double-spaced line after the title, indenting the first line of the paragraph half an inch from the left margin. A research paper does not normally need a title page, but if the paper is a group project, create a title page and list all the authors on it instead of in the header on page 1 of your essay (fig. 1.2). If your teacher requires a title page in lieu of or in addition to the header, format the title page according to the instructions you are given.

Fig. 1.2

The title page of a paper written by several students.

Fig. 1.2

The title page of a paper written by several students.

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