Papers should be written as outlined below unless specific instructions are given to you by your


1. Paper Quality: Use high-quality white paper.

2. Double space, except for the title page.

3. Margins: 1” or 1 1/4” top and bottom, left and right.

4. Right Margins on Computers: Use full justification, where possible.

5. Do not use any type of plastic binder or folder. Fasten with a paper clip only.

6. Fonts: Use italics for titles of books, plays and major poems, or for foreign language words, if you have an italic font; otherwise underline these items. Do not use italics or underlining for the title of your paper. Do not use BIG FONTS, tiny fonts, bold fonts, cursive fonts or weird fonts of any kind. Recommended fonts are Times New Roman and similar proportional fonts. Use 12-point fonts.

7. Title Page: Center your title and capitalize the first word and all subsequent words, except for prepositions and articles. Italicize or underline the titles of books, plays, and major poems, or foreign language words that are part of your title. In the lower right hand corner, in block form, include your name, the number and title of the course, the professor’s name, the date (in this form: e.g., April 15, 1998), and any assignment designation (e.g., Paper I).

8. Page Numbers: These should appear in the upper right-hand corner or bottom center except for the first page, where the number may be omitted. You may wish to insert a header with your name (not the instructor’s) before each page number, in case the pages of your manuscript should become separated.

9. Quotations: Quoted material should appear as much like original as possible. When you quote more than three lines of poetry you should set them off by indenting. If you quote two or three lines within your text, be sure to indicate line endings by a forward slash (/).

10. Special Punctuation: Use ellipsis points ( . . . ) to indicate that material is omitted from a quotation. Do not use ellipsis points because you can not think of what words to use. For a dash, use an em-dash: — (if your word-processor has one) or use two hyphens and no spaces– like this–when you want to separate elements strongly.

11. For footnotes and other bibliographical entries (where these are necessary) follow a style manual consistently such as Turabian, The MLA Style Sheet, or The Chicago Manual of Style. You should be able to purchase a style manual at any local bookstore or through the internet, or they are available to borrow in the MALS Office.

12. Proofread carefully. Use spell-check, if you are using a computer, but remember that spellcheck will not pick up incorrect words that are spelled correctly (e.g., loose for lose).