Writing Papers: Some Rules
- All papers must be TYPEWRITTEN. Handwriting is not acceptable. Do not
attempt to stretch out your paper by choosing large font sizes or overly
fancy font types. A reasonable font size should yield about 250-300 words
- Use 8 1/2 X 11 white bond paper. Avoid erasable paper. Do not use folders,
plastic covers, or title pages. Margins : One inch on all sides (right,
left, top, and bottom margins). Spacing: use double-space throughout.
- Write your full name, course number, instructor and date on the upper
left corner of the first page. Number all subsequent pages in the upper
right corner (you can also add your last name preceding each number). Fasten
your paper with a staple or paperclip in the upper left corner.
- All sources used must be cited in footnotes or a list of Works Cited
at the end of the paper. A proper reference must include such information
as author, title of text, title of book or journal where printed, edition,
publisher, place of publication, date of publication, inclusive page numbers.
Example: Racine, Jean, Phaedra, Norton Anthology of World
Masterpieces, ed. Maynard Mack, Expanded Edition (New York: W. W.
Norton, 1995), pp. 356-398.
- Titles of long works (novels, plays, magazines, journals, newspapers,
films, paintings, etc.) are underlined or italicized. Example: The Great
Gatsby, A Clockwork Orange, The Mona Lisa, The
New York Times, Death of a Salesman, The Atlantic
Monthly. Titles of shorter works (poems, short stories, articles, essays,
songs, etc.) are enclosed within quotation marks. Examples: "The Snows
of Kilimanjaro," "The Rocking-Horse Winner," "Stopping
by Woods on a Snowy Evening."
- Notice carefully the proper punctuation and spacing in the use of quotations
and parentheses containing page references. Examples: Phaedra told Oenone,
"I see a monster" (p. 155).
- Note the correct use of puctuation in a sentence containing quotation
marks. All periods and commas are placed inside all quotation marks. All
semicolons and colons are placed outside quotation marks. Examples: The
teacher said, "place all periods inside quotation marks." But
the student said, "Who cares?"; he did not write a good paper.