Cover Page Templates
Editable Cover Pages for Business Documents, Academic Assignments, and BooksIn the professional and academic arenas, many projects require you to create a cover page. Since this is the first thing the reader sees, the cover design should be professional and convey clearly what the content inside is about. The information and elements you include will depend on the type of document you are creating and other specifics of the project. We have numerous cover page templates available in various formats, all of which can be customized to fit your needs.
- Business Plans/Proposals
- Professional Reports
- Academic Essays
- White Papers
Essentials of a Strong Cover PageYour cover page design should draw the reader in and give them a compelling reason to go deeper into the document. It may include some or all of the following elements:
- Document Title/Subtitle
- Author’s Name
- Author’s Title
- Cover Photo/Cover Image
- Completion/Submission Date
- Document Description
Academic Cover PagesIn the world of academia, following the rules is most often just as important as the content inside the paper. This means you must have proper in-text citations, quotations, references, etc. Most importantly, the document must be presented in the proper format. The three most common formatting styles for academic papers are:
- American Psychological Association (APA): Currently in its Sixth Edition, the APA format is typically used in the social sciences field. The APA cover should include a running header, title, author’s name, institution name, and any author notes you want to include. Times New Roman in font size 12 is also recommended.
- Modern Language Association (MLA): Currently in its Eighth Edition, the MLA format is typically used in the arts and humanities fields. While this format does not require you to create a cover page, some instructors may still want it. If you are asked for a title page, be sure to follow the specific guidelines you are given.
- Chicago Manual of Style (CMS): Currently in its 16th Edition, the CMS format is also often used in the arts and humanities. In this format, you may be required to create a standalone title page, or you may be asked to include the title on the first page of your text. As always, consult with your instructor for additional formatting guidelines.
Business Cover PagesIn the corporate world, the cover page design is largely dependent on the nature of the organization and the type of document you are producing. Certain cover pages should be formal and professional, while others may call for more creativity and flare. For example, technical reports that mostly show facts and figures typically have more conservative covers, while business and marketing plans might be more colorful and use attractive imagery that makes the reader feel good about the company. Your title page should identify with the brand, be consistent with the organization’s mission, and follow all pre-set guidelines. Above all, be sure to create a design that will be pleasing to your target audience.
Book Cover DesignsWhether you are creating a magazine, ebook or paperback book cover, a compelling design is essential for the success of the project. The cover is what sells the book, and if it doesn’t immediately grab the attention of potential readers, many will not take the time to read the description and learn what the book is about. Keep in mind that many consumers today shop for books and magazines using electronic formats such as tablets and smartphones, rather than on bookshelves. For this reason, the title should be large and easy to read and the graphics should be professionally designed in a way that allows the reader to connect emotionally with the subject matter. Also make sure any graphic images are easily viewable in thumbnail size, so they can be seen by readers on all devices.
Free Title and Cover Page TemplatesWe have an extensive cover page gallery with numerous free template designs you can use. Our cover and title page templates are M.S. Word-based, and can be edited using Microsoft Word, Open Office, or Mac Pages. Find the template that best suits your needs, download it, and quickly get started on your cover page project.
APA Title PagesThese cover page templates have everything you need to easily put together the title page for your APA-formatted academic report. Each title page contains a running head, Times New Roman size 12 font, and the correct spacing requirements for the information you need to insert. From standard and typical APA formats to formats with multiple authors and multiple affiliations, we provide a wide range of options to fit your requirements.
Report Cover PagesWhether you need a cover page for an annual financial report, marketing report, business proposal or any other type of corporate project, our report cover page templates can help put the best face on your project. Each template is formal, professional and designed to impress your audience.
Cover Page DesignsLooking for a cover that allows you to showcase your creativity? Our cover page design templates provide several options that can be used as they are or as a starting point to create a more unique design. These designs feature stylish images and fashionable color schemes blended seamlessly to help tell your story. They can be used for more creative projects such as magazine and book covers, brochures, and family scrapbooks.
If you want to add something extra to your report or essay, then an attractive cover page can help. Not only can it bring flair to your document but it is useful at the same time. A cover page introduces the paper to your audience with a title, author, date, and brief summary.
As we’ve previously explainedHow to Easily Make an Attractive Cover Page in Microsoft WordHow to Easily Make an Attractive Cover Page in Microsoft WordDo you believe in first impressions? The cover page is the first thing people will see of your word document. We show you how you can make that first impression a great one.Read More, this is the first impression your readers get and provides the big picture of what the document contains. So, if you are ready to complete your business or educational paper with a cover page, here are several terrific Microsoft Word templates.
Templates for Business Reports and Texts
1. Business Cover Page Median Theme
This nice Median themed template from Microsoft Word not only gives you an eye-catching cover page, but helps you start your report too. The cover page includes a spot for a photo, for example of your business location, a product or service, or your company logo. Then, just add the date and an optional subtitle along with a summary of the contents.
The second page of the template provides headings, subheadings, paragraphs, and a quote section. For a cover page template that goes a little further to assist you with your documentHow to Create Professional Reports and Documents in Microsoft WordHow to Create Professional Reports and Documents in Microsoft WordThis guide examines the elements of a professional report and reviews the structuring, styling, and finalizing of your document in Microsoft Word.Read More, this option from Microsoft Office is a great choice.
2. Business Cover Page Essential Design
Also from Microsoft Office, this similar one gives you a cover page and report template in one. The cover page has a much larger photograph area. So, if your business can benefit from a bigger visual, such as a design, marketing, or graphics company, this is a terrific template. You can pop in the report title, subtitle, and abstract like the other template.
The template’s next page carries over the same black, white, and red color scheme and offers a sidebar for highlighting key points. And, you have your headings, subheadings, and paragraphs for a complete package.
3. Formal Cover Page Blue Vertical Design
Maybe you would prefer to stay away from a cover page that includes a photo. If so, this basic option from Hloom might be more your style. With a simple blue vertical line design, the cover page also has spots for the title, subtitle or abstract, date, and the author’s name.
4. Report Cover Page Dark Blue Weaves
Hloom has another good option in a darker blue. This one really highlights the title of your report with large font right in the center. Other great features of this page are the additional text areas. You can include a subtitle, date, or your company motto at the top. Then, at the bottom is a place for the report’s author or your summary.
Templates for Educational Essays and Term Papers
5. Student Paper Cover Page
For students who have the flexibility to format their cover page as they like, this Microsoft Office template is an excellent option. You can pop in a photo or other image and then add the report title, student name, course name, instructor name, and date. And, of course, it is easy to remove those areas that you do not need.
Like the business cover letter templates from Microsoft Office, this one includes a second page for help with the report. Headings, subheadings, and a bulleted list are there for convenience. But, if you are required to submit your paper in a specific format like MLA or APA, you can just use the cover page.
6. Student Report With Cover Page
For a more compact cover page option that also includes that helpful second page, Microsoft Office gives you this nice template. Like the other cover page for students, you can use a photo or image that enhances your report topic. Insert your title and subtitle and then your name, course name, and date.
The second page has headings and subheadings with a bulleted list to assist you in starting your report, research paper, term paper, or essay.
7-9. APA-Style Cover Pages
When your instructor requires an APA cover page to match your paper, Hloom has a few templates. Each of these options provides the correct line spacing, font size, and margins as well as Times New Roman for the font style and a running head.
The first template is intended for a paper with just one author. It is plain and simple with places for your title, name, and affiliation or institution name.
These two are both suitable for a two-author paper. You will notice that the only difference is the affiliation. One is for authors within the same institution and the other is for authors with different affiliations.
10. Collaborative Cover Page
If you have a paper with more than one author, but are not restricted to the APA format, check out this template. From Microsoft Office, you can enter an image or photo, add your title and abstract, and then include more than one author. You can also fill out the areas for class, semester, instructor name, and date.
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Creative Cover Page Templates
11. Book Background Cover Page
When you want to go all out and a book theme is the right way to do it, take a look at this Hloom template. The cover page has an old-fashioned look with the yellowed paper. You can add your title and a nice-sized summary.
12. Purple Lined Cover Page
Do you like the larger area for the abstract and creative design, but not necessarily the book theme? This purple vertical lined cover page from Hloom is stylish and simple at the same time. Add your title and summary with a bit of colored pizzazz.
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13. Abstract Design Cover Page
From Template.net, this is a handsome and professional option. The abstract-designed blocks at the bottom include a spot for the year which is selectable once you enable the template for editing. You can complete the title, subtitle, author, and company areas as they apply.
14. Text Background Cover Page
For an educational cover page, this template is also from Template.net. Enter the title, subtitle, date, and author. You can enter the date easily from the drop-down calendar when you click on the area. What makes this one cool is that the background is editable text. So, you can enter your own words or letters for a unique look or remove it completely.
15. Basic Cover Page
When basic is best for your report or paper, Template.net has this neat and clean option. There are no fancy images or photo spots; just a splash of color in the line separating the title and subtitle, which can be removed if you choose. Locations for the company name, author, and summary are centered and evenly spaced.
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