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Last Updated: Jul 17, 2018     Views: 1935

At minimum, a title page typically presents the title of the work and the author's name approximately halfway down the page on separate lines and centred. If you're formatting the document to the APA Style rules, the title page should also include a running head. Your instructor may also request other information, such as the submission date, page numbers, or an author note. To view a basic title page, see the title page of the "APA Help Guide".

Page numbers

The APA Style rules ask for page numbering to start at "1" on title pages (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 229); however, a common academic convention is to start page numbers on page two, though the title page is included in the overall page count. This approach to page numbers can be seen in the "APA Help Guide". If your instructor doesn't have a preference, you can start the page numbering on the title page. See What are the APA rules regarding page numbers? for more information.

When in doubt, ask your instructor

Academic title pages are an academic requirement, which means that instructors have the final say regarding the information that should be included on the title page. It's therefore a good idea to check with your instructor when you start a new course to ask what information he or she wants on title pages. For more information, see "Title Pages".

If you're creating the title page for a thesis or major project, please follow the formatting requested by your program. Furthermore, check with each of your supervisors and sponsors who will be listed on your title page to see what academic degrees they would like listed after their names.

For information regarding creating an effective title for a paper, see page 23 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010).  


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.