English 110: Solberg Formatting Guidelines for Final Drafts of Essays You will follow Modern Language Association (MLA) manuscript format for all essays unless otherwise noted. For more information, see BH chapters 58, 5, and 6. THE BASICS: 1. All essays must be typed. 2. Use an 11-12 point standard font such as Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, Times, or Courier. 3. Margins: Use 1-inch margins on all four edges of text. Use a half-inch margin for headers. 4. Left-align your text. 5. DOUBLE-SPACE your essay, including your headers. 6. Do NOT leave an extra line of blank space between paragraphs. 7. The first line of all paragraphs should be indented one-half-inch. 8. Paper-clip or staple your pages together. 9. I PREFER but do not require, that all drafts, including the final draft, be DOUBLE-SIDED. THE SPECIFICS: 1. First-page identification info: Do not use a title page or cover sheet. Instead, the top of your first page should include a left-aligned, double-spaced header with your name, the course number, my name, the assignment name, and the date. You may also need to identify your audience (such as The Monmouth Courier, etc.), depending on the assignment. 2. Title: Your title should be centered on the page between the identification info and the start of your essay. The title should be written in regular type following standard capitalization rules. Do not put your title in bold, italicized, underlined, or larger type or place it in quotation marks. See webpage on titles for ideas on how to title your essay. 3. Page numbers: All pages of your essay, including the first page and the Works Cited page, should have a left-aligned header with your name and page number in the upper right-hand corner of the page. 4. Thus, the top of your first page should look like this: Name 1 Ima Student English 110 Professor Erika Solberg Evaluation Essay September 20, 2006 The Pros and Cons of Dove Dark Chocolate The beginning of the essay should start here. Your first paragraph continues on and on and on and on and on on and on and on on and on doo dah, doo dah and on and on on and on and on and on on go Red Sox on on and on and on and on on and on and Briscoe and Louie on and on and on on and on and on on and on until you finish it. 5. And thus, the tops of your other pages should look like this: Smith—2 and now you continue on with your essay on this page ……. 6. Honesty Statement: After the end of the text of your essay, leave two lines of blank space and type out this statement in regular font: The writing in this essay is my own work. If I’ve used outside sources, I’ve acknowledged them through correct documentation. Then attest to the statement's truth by signing your name in ink. Thus the page should look like this: … this is the last line of your essay here. The writing in this essay is my own work. If I’ve used outside sources, I’ve acknowledged them through correct documentation. signature 7. Works Cited Page: Any essay that uses an outside source, such as a literary text, needs a works cited page. This page is part of your essay, not a separate document, and so it should include a page number in the upper-right-hand corner, should use the same font type and size as the rest of your essay, and should be paper-clipped or stapled together with your other pages. However, you will start the Works Cited page as a new page after the end of the text of your essay and your honesty statement. The page should have the title of Works Cited. Put the title centered at the top of the page. The title should be written in regular type following standard capitalization rules. Do not put your title in bold, italicized, underlined, or larger type or place it in quotation marks. See BH chapters 58 and 57 in the Bedford Handbook for additional crucial details on how to construct this page – do not just guess! PORTFOLIO FORMAT: Essays will be submitted as portfolios with all materials in a two-pocket folder. See individual essay assignment sheet for more information. Be sure to label and staple all portfolio items. MINIMUM STANDARDS: Although correct formatting is not the most important thing for you to learn this semester, following these directions demonstrates a certain level of care in your work and makes your essays easier to read and grade. Therefore, I reserve the right to require you to redo the formatting on any essay that does not meet a minimum standard. If you are required to reformat an essay, I will not record a grade for that essay until you reformat it. PLEASE ask me if you have any questions or concerns about formatting (after you have read these directions).
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