Rule: Papers submitted for review or grading should have 1” margins all around.
This should be the default for Word, but if your default setting is to have left and right margins of 1.25”, change your default. Instructions: Go to the Format menu, drag down to Document, change the margins, and the click on the Default button and accept the change to the Normal template.
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When you directly quote the works of others in your paper, you will format quotations differently depending on their length.
Here is a sample Chicago style paper for your review, courtesy of University of Washington, writing and research center.
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This guide explains how to format your documents in Microsoft Word so that they follow the standard rules for formatting academic papers as described in most MLA and APA style books for undergraduate writing.
These rules apply to most of the papers you will submit in your college classes, but in some cases your professors will want you to follow specific guidelines that may differ from those below.
As a general rule, APA requires proper nouns to be capitalized.
With author names, however, your goal is to write the name as the author him- or herself has presented it in scholarly work.