The video below gives you step-by-step instructions for using Word to format your paper.
Please note: Your teacher is the final authority for how you should format your paper. For example, Chicago Manual of Style provides for variations in where you place the page numbers for your paper. Turabian recommends that you pick a format and use if consistently. Therefore, the video may show you some style variations that you will not use in your paper.
Margins: Should be set at no less than 1" and no greater than 1.5" on all four edges of the page
Font: Uniform typeface and font size. 12 point, roman, proportional serif font (such as Times or Palatino). Except for footnotes which should be in a smaller font (usually 10 pt.)
Line-spacing: Double-space throughout the paper, except for the following items which should be single-spaced
The following items should be single-spaced internally but with a blank line between items:
Paragraphs and indentation: Indent all paragraphs consistently. Use tabs rather than spaces for indentation, columns of text, and other content requiring consistent alignment. Block quotations have their own rules for indentation, depending on whether they are prose or poetry.
Page numbers: Page numbers begin in the header of the first page of text with Arabic number 1. Do not number the title page. Page numbers are usually placed in one of three locations. Choose one of these locations and follow it consistently:
For more details check out these paper guidelines:
Class papers will either include a title page or will include the title on the first page of the text. Use the following guidelines to format your title page if your paper includes one:
This is the text of your paper.
Tables and Figures
To see what your paper should look like, check out these sample papers with built-in instructions.