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FORMATTING WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS09

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FORMATTING WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: A Guide for Students of History 38.10, Fall 2009 Elliott K. Student History 38, Section X November 19, 2009
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Student, 2 This handout is a model of the format to be used for the analytical essay assignment in the section of History 38 offered in the Fall of 2009, taught by Professor Hugh Agnew. While describing the required format, this brief model also attempts to show you how you should present your written work. By following the examples used here, you will be able to present your work in a form that is clear, easy to read and standard across the entire class. Also, the discipline of producing your work in the proper form pays off in the discipline of thinking, revising, and polishing your written work, since form and content are closely related. The analytical essay submitted for this class should have a title page like the one on this handout (it’s not a bad idea to follow this form for all written assignments in class). One-third of the way down should be the title, in all uppercase type, centered. If you have a subtitle, it follows (double space) below, centered, in Title form, that is all important words except articles, prepositions, and coordinate conjunctions capitalized. Two-thirds of the way down the page you put your name, the class and your section number, and the date, each on its own line, single spaced, and centered. As you can see from this first page, written work in this class should be submitted on standard letter size paper (8 ½ x 11 inches) with one-inch margins at left and right. You may need to go into the “Page Setup” menu from the “File” menu at the top of MS Word’s menu bar in order to set the margins, because Word typically defaults to 1.25 inch margins. The “Page Setup” menu is also where you will specify that paragraphs are indented on the first line by .5 inches, and that there is no extra space before or after them, but they are double spaced throughout. The only exception to the double space rule is when you are quoting a larger section of someone else’s words directly (three sentences or longer). In that case, the section that is
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Student, 3 quoted should be set as a “block indent” quotation. To do that, go to “Format” and choose “Paragraph” and change the setting for the left margin to add an additional .5 inches to the margin, and change the spacing to single space. This will produce something that looks like this: Historians do not perform heart transplants, improve highway design, or arrest criminals. In a society that quite correctly expects education to serve useful purposes, the functions of history can seem more difficult to define than those of engineering or medicine. History is in fact very useful, actually indispensable, but the products of historical study are less tangible, sometimes less immediate, than those that stem from some other disciplines. 1 Of course, at the end of the block quotation, you have to remember to go back to “Format” and change your paragraph format back to remove the extra indentation and to return to double space.
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