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Microsoft Word: Formatting Your Paper

An overview of what you need to know to type your paper in Microsoft Word 2013.

Typing Your Paper

Microsoft Word has default settings that are NOT what you want for an MLA, APA, or Chicago Style Paper. This guide shows you how to format your paper properly.

You have to change the settings for font, font size, paragraph spacing, indents, and headers. This guide attempts to clarify how to do this. If you have questions, ask a librarian!

Note: This guide uses images from Microsoft Word 2013, but the instructions are still applicable to newer versions of the software.

Sample Papers

Writing Help from the Literacy Lab

The Literacy Lab offers writing tutoring for all subjects on a drop-in basis, both in person and virtually (by request). Our professional and peer tutors are available to assist students with a variety of writing assignments, including essays, research, lab reports, and more. Space and computers are also available for independent work. We welcome you to join us!

Location: Vanderlyn 208 & 210

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm

Stop by or email for more information.