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This guide explains the formatting and submission requirements for Westminster course papers. Much of the following material is adapted from the Format Guidelines for WTS Theses, Dissertations, and Projects. Only the basics are covered here. For more complete information, consult Turabian 7th ed. or Chicago 16th ed., or contact the CTW.

General Formatting Guidelines

Font

a. Use Times New Roman, Arial, or some equivalent standard font.

b. The font size must be 12 pt. for the body of your work.

c. For footnotes the font size may be as small as 10 point.

Line Spacing

a. The body of the text should be double spaced.  

b. Footnotes and block quotes should be single spaced.

c. Use 1-inch margins all the way around. Microsoft Word calls this setting “normal.”

Page Formatting

a. Include page numbers, top or bottom of the page, centered or aligned to the right.

b. Indent the first line of each paragraph (1/2 inch). Do not leave a blank line between paragraphs. Also indent the first line of each footnote and leave a double space (a single blank line) between footnotes on the same page. 

c. Single space bibliography entries and leave a double space (a single blank line) between each entry.

d. Staple your paper.

e.Include the Plagiarism Pledge. Students are asked to write out and to sign this pledge at the end of every paper: I understand and have not violated the Seminary’s position on plagiarism.

Header or Title page: No Strict Rule

 

a. For shorter papers (up to ten pages) a header is acceptable.

  •  In the header on the first page only, include the following information, on three separate lines, flush left: Line 1 – the course number and name, Line 2- the professor’s name, Line 3 – the  assignment if it has a particular title, and the date. Include the following information, on two separate lines, flush right: your name and your mailbox number. The header should be single spaced.

  • The title of your paper should not be in the header but in the main part of the page. It should be centered, 12 pt. font, and without font effects of any kind (no italics, underlining, or bold text). Use heading style capitalization (capitalize the first and last words of the title and all other words except articles and prepositions). After your title leave two blank lines and begin the body of your paper flush left, indenting the first paragraph.

b. For longer papers (ten or more pages), you may want to include a title page.

  • Type your title about one third of the way from the top of the page. If you have a subtitle, put that on the next line, separated from the title by a colon. About another third of the way down, include the following information on separate lines, still centered: course information, professor’s name, date, your name, your mailbox number. Remember not to put a page number on your title page. The text of your paper should begin on the first line of the next page, indenting the first paragraph.

 

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GENERAL FORMATING GUIDELINES

1. Font 

a. Use Times New Roman, Arial, or some equivalent standard font.

b. The font size must be 12 pt. for the body of your work.

c. For footnotes the font size may be as small as 10 point.

2. Line Spacing 

a. The body of the text should be double spaced.

b. Footnotes and block quotes should be single spaced.[3]

c. Use 1-inch margins all the way around. Microsoft Word calls this setting “normal.”

3. Page Formatting

a. Include page numbers, top or bottom of the page, centered or aligned to the right.

            b. Indent the first line of each paragraph (1/2 inch). Do not leave a blank line between paragraphs. Also indent the first line of each footnote and leave

This document explains the formatting and submission requirements for Westminster course papers. Much of the following material is adapted from the Format Guidelines for WTS Theses, Dissertations, and Projects. Only the basics are covered here. For more complete information, consult Turabian 7th ed. or Chicago 16th ed., or contact the CTW.

GENERAL FORMATING GUIDELINES

1. Font

a. Use Times New Roman, Arial, or some equivalent standard font.

b. The font size must be 12 pt. for the body of your work.

c. For footnotes the font size may be as small as 10 point.

2. Line Spacing

a. The body of the text should be double spaced.

b. Footnotes and block quotes should be single spaced.

c. Use 1-inch margins all the way around. Microsoft Word calls this setting “normal.”

3. Page Formatting

a. Include page numbers, top or bottom of the page, centered or aligned to the right.

b. Indent the first line of each paragraph (1/2 inch). Do not leave a blank line between paragraphs. Also indent the first line of each footnote and leave a double space (a single blank line) between footnotes on the same page.

c. Single space bibliography entries and leave a double space (a single blank line) between each entry.

d. Staple your paper.

e. Include the Plagiarism Pledge. Students are asked to write out and to sign this pledge at the end of every paper: I understand and have not violated the Seminary’s position on plagiarism.

 

a double space (a single blank line) between footnotes on the same page.

            c. Single space bibliography entries and leave a double space (a single blank line) between each entry.

d. Staple your paper.

e. Include the Plagiarism Pledge. Students are asked to write out and to sign this pledge at the end of every paper: I understand and have not violated the Seminary’s position on plagiarism.[4] 



[2] Turabian, 7th ed.; The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

 

[3] For the proper formatting of block quotes, see Turabian, 74-5, 350-52.