STANDARD WRITING FORMAT
Unless I specify otherwise, all your out-of-class written assignments should
be in the following format:
- Hard copy. Assignments submitted by email will not be accepted.
- Black text on white paper, 8.5" x 11"
- Typed, not handwritten. ("Typed" includes computer printers.)
- At least 10-point font (and preferably size 12).
- Use a normal (non-italicized, non-bolded) font, with a serif. Times
New Roman is what I use. (This is written in it.)
- Double spaced (approximately 3 lines/inch). Quotations and footnotes
may be single-spaced.
- Leave a 1" margin on all sides.
- The writing should be mechanically correct, meaning (minimally) at a
level we expect of high school graduates: proofread; written
in complete sentences with correct spelling and punctuation and proper
citation of sources. Here is more
on that subject.
- I should not have to say this, but you do have to cite all sources you
use, even those you don't paraphrase or quote from. Here
is more on this issue.
- I don't care which form of citation you use, but use one of the three
standard forms (APA, MLA, Harvard). Personally, I prefer
to use APA.
- Use footnotes, not endnotes. (See me if your word processing program
cannot do footnotes.)
- Number all pages except for the title page (which is p.i) and the first
page of the text (which is p.1).
- Staple the paper at the top left corner.
- [12/13/04: Put your name only on the cover sheet, which should
- [12/13/04: Extraneous material lowers your score, because it convinces
me you don't know what's part of your argument and what isn't.]
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