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Style Guide

Styling Guidelines for Academic Writing at Eternity

Paper Formatting

When you submit a paper, follow these rules and conventions for how to format it. 

Hyperlinks navigate to PDF that demonstrates the rules. 

  • Set margins of at least 1 inch from the edge of the page on all sides. 
  • Place the page numbers at the top right or bottom center, half an inch from the edge.
  • Make the main title and subtitle (if relevant) bold, with a colon between them. The font size may be 2 or 3 points larger than the main text.
  • Use headline-style capitalization
  • Center the text
  • Double-space everything
  • Use the same font as in the main text.
  • Begin 1/3 of the way down the page.
  • In addition to the title of the paper, include your name, the course name, the date. 
  • Use a widely available, legible font, such as 12pt. Times New Roman or Calibri or Arial. 
  • Indent the first line of each new paragraph half an inch.
  • Double-space the main text.
  • Quotations of 5 or more lines should be indented as a block and single-spaced.
  • Put one space between sentences. 

Paper Formatting for Notes/Bibliography Style

  • Center the title "Bibliography" at the top of the page and add two blank lines after.
  • Single space each entry, and add a blank line between entries. 
  • Apply half-inch hanging indents for each entry.
  • (Your word processor should automate these rules if you use the "Endnote" feature.
  • Center the title "Notes" at the top of the page and add two blank lines after.
  • For the note numbers, use normal text with a period and a space after -- or use superscript with a space after but no period.
  • Indent the first line of each note half an inch like a paragraph in the main text. 
  • Single space each note, and add a blank line between notes. 
  • (Your word processor should automate these rules if you use the "Footnote" feature.
  • Each footnote should appear at the bottom of the page that includes its numbered in-text reference.
  • For note numbers in the text, use superscript.
  • Single-space each footnote in the footnotes section at the bottom of the page.
  • For note numbers in the notes, use normal text with a period and space after, or use superscript with a space but no period after. 

Paper Formatting for Author-Date Style

  • Center the title "Reference List" at the top of the page and add two blank lines after.
  • Apply half-inch hanging indents for each entry.
  • Single-space each entry, and add a blank line between entries. 
  • Immediately after a quotation or other material requiring a citation, include author and year within parentheses.
  • There is no punctuation between author and year.
  • The name and date must match the reference list entry exactly.

(Sources: Turabian Guide website A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 9th ed.)

Turabian, Kate L. 2020. MANUAL for WRITERS of RESEARCH PAPERS, THESES, and DISSERTATIONS : Chicago Style for Students And Researchers. S.L.: Univ Of Chicago Press.