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Format for Essays or Short Papers

Using the Norton Connect network, the writer should:

1. Use the following formats that are automatic with Norton Textra:

A. a page size of 8 1/2" by 11"

B. a 1" margin on top, bottom and sides

C. a double-spaced text format—Note: The screen will always appear single-spaced.

 

2. Center the title using the prompt.

 

3. Indent the first line of each paragraph using the tab key which is set at five spaces.

 

4. Choose a header and page numbering style, following the prompts, according to the instructor's guidelines—Note: The header and page numbers will not appear on the screen.

 

5. Follow the instructor's guidelines for:

A. including the writer's name, composition course, section number and date

B. submitting a hard copy, a disk, or an electronic copy. When turning in a paper electronically, your name and the assignment number will automatically appear at the beginning of your document.

 

6. Proofread

A. Check your paper's format, using the Page Preview prompt.

B. Use the spell check and grammar check, if they are available.

C. Read your paper over, looking especially for errors mentioned in this book or errors that spell check cannot detect.

 

For essays produced with word processing programs other than Norton Connect, the writer should:

1. Use the following formats:

A. a page size of 8 1/2" by 11"

B. a 1" margin on top, bottom and sides

C. a double-spaced text format

 

2. Center title.

 

3. Indent the first line of each paragraph 1 tab space or five spaces.

 

4. Follow the instructor's guidelines for specific formatting, such as page numbering and headers and including name, course name and section, and date.

 

5. Proofread

A. Check for format styles

B. Use spell check and read for errors spell check cannot detect.

 

All writers should note these other suggestions:

1. Make a hard copy and a disk copy of every paper.

 

2. Approach revision as a process that requires rethinking or reseeing a topic, not merely proofreading.