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If you are thinking How do I know if I need a title page? Should I use page numbers?

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What you are looking for is a “style guide.” Style guides like MLA and APA determine everything from how to document your sources to where to put your margins. Your teacher’s preferences and the standards of your college should be followed first. In areas where they are not specific, follow published style guides.

First check your course syllabus. Professors often tell you their expectations for formatting a paper there.

If you find no information there, ask your professor which style guide he or she prefers

If your professor indicates a specific style you can usually find models online or in a writing handbook.