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CRLS Research Guide

Making a Title Page

Tip Sheet 20

Ask these questions:

Why is this so important?

The title page is the first thing teachers see and it makes a big impression on them. Even if you write a great paper, an incomplete or messy title page will give your teacher the impression that you aren't very careful. Then they'll be looking for mistakes and problems instead of being open to how good your work might be.


What do I need to put on a title page?

Often a teacher will be very specific about this information in their assignment sheet. If so, follow it.


If they don't let you know, here is some standard information that is usually required:

Your name
Small School #
Date of turning in the project
Title of your project
Title of the class
Period of your section
The teacher's name

What should the title page look like?

To some extent, this is a matter of personal style. However, there are some general guidelines to follow:

1. Use only one or two fonts. More than two can be confusing to read.

2. Use a clear font that is easy to read.

3. Keep it simple. Too many words or pictures can have a distracting or confusing effect.

4. Keeping all of the lines starting on either the left or right margin is easier to read and creates a stronger visual impression than centered text or random placement. The first example shows the text lined up on the left margin and the second shows the text lined up on the right margin.

Here are some examples of clean, strong, simple title pages:

Joseph Smith
School 3



The Amazon Rain Forest:
A Vanishing Resource






Principles of Science
Period 3
Mr. Jones

Shahira Johnson
School 2



Is Harmony in Our Future?

Predictions on the future of Race Relations in America for the 21st Century






Period 5
Ms. Alvarez

If you would like to add a graphic (picture), use one that doesn't overpower the text because it is too big, or so small that it isn't clear.

Or, you could do a large background graphic in a lighter colored ink. That would also be attractive and appropriate.

Just make sure there is contrast between the background and the words so that the words are readable.


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