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Lee and Jim Vann Library

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Dr. Giltner's Courses: Format & Style

This libguide serves as a resource for students taking one of Dr. Giltner's courses.



  • Garamond or Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • 1-inch margin all around
  • Double Space entire paper
  • Have only one space between sentences
  • Remove extra space between paragraphs (see below)
  • Use the Tab button to indent paragraphs--one tab per indent 
  • Page Number on top right of page with last name (Insert page number and then manually type in Last Name--make sure the font of your last name and page number is the same font as the text of your paper)

Title page

Formatting your Title Page

  • Start your title about 1/3 of the way down the page
  • Center the text


Student's Last Name 1




Title of Paper

Student's Name

Class Name

Professor's Name

Date Turned In 




Oxford Comma: Always include a comma before the and when you are listing 3+ items. 

Example: I need to write my theology paper, do the dishes, and finish my laundry. 

That & Which: There should be no comma before the conjunction "that," but there should be a comma before the relative pronoun "which."

Example: I really like that she turned her paper in early. 

Example: She turned her paper in early, which will help me with grading. 

Semicolons: Use a semicolon to join two independent clauses. You can either use a stand-alone semicolon or a semicolon + conjunctive adverb+ a comma. 

Example: I need to wash the car; I also need to do the grocery shopping. 

Example: I need to wash the car; additionally, I need to do the grocery shopping. 

Numerals: Write out numbers under 1,000. Never start a sentence with a numeral. 

Example: There were fifty-seven students who showed up for the movie night. 

Quotations: Use a double quotation for direct quotes. Use a single quotation for a quote that appears within another quote. 

Example: According to Daniel Arnold, "each team member should 'notify the moderator' upon arrival."  

Footnotes: To insert a footnote in Microsoft Word, go to References and then Insert Footnote. 

Footnotes should appear after the end-of-sentence punctuation. 

Things to Note When Writing Your Paper

Things to Note When Writing Your Paper

  • Page requirements DO NOT include the title page and bibliography. 
  • Your thesis statement should appear in your introductory paragraph--your reader should know your main argument at the beginning of your paper.
  • When referring to a scholar for the first time, use his/her first and last name. For all other references to the author, use last name only.
  • Always include page numbers in your footnotes.
  • Make sure to use appropriate abbreviations in your footnotes for labels (Ex: Editor=ed. and Translator=trans.)
  • Be consistent with how you capitalize words and names and also how you punctuate your sentences.
  • If the author of the book you are referencing wrote every chapter, cite the book as a whole and not as a chapter in an edited book. If each chapter was written by a different author, than cite it as a chapter in an edited book. 
  • Novels are fiction titles, not scholarly books. When referring to a nonfiction book, call it a book, not a novel.


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