How To Write A Term Paper: A Proper Cover Sheet Example

If you’ve finished writing your term paper, congratulations, you’re nearly ready to submit! Before you upload your work or print it out, you have one last step to take: to create your cover sheet. Some professors will provide students with a standard cover sheet, in which case you only have to fill out the blanks with your personal information. If there is no standard, you may wonder what information you should include. Below is an example of a proper cover sheet that includes all the necessary information you need to submit along with your work.

  • Name of university
  • Topic/question number
  • Essay title
  • Essay subtitle
  • Student’s name student identification number
  • Course code and course name
  • Department providing the course
  • Tutor/supervisor’s name
  • Word count
  • Date of submission

Some of the information listed above may or may not apply to your paper, so you should tailor the example to your own needs. For instance, whether or not you should include your name depends on how your work is going to be marked. In some cases, students may be required to submit their essays anonymously, so if this applies to you, remember to remove your name and only provide your student identification number.

There is some room for flexibility in the styling of the cover page. For example, some students may want to insert the university logo or crest below the name of the university, but this is more common in longer works such as dissertations. Other pieces of information, such as the term number or the year the student is in, can be added if you think it is needed, but most likely your name and student number will be sufficient to identify you as the author.

Usually, a bigger font size is used on the cover sheet, and the title and subtitle are often larger than the rest of the information on the page. However, simple is generally better, so there is no need for decorations or flowery fonts. Remember, the purpose of the cover page is to provide the necessary information for markers to identify your work and not to grade your work. Your final score will depend on the content of your paper, and not its cover.