Formatting a Research Paper

If your instructor has specific requirements for the format of your research paper, check them before preparing your final draft. When you submit your paper, be sure to keep a secure copy.
The most common formatting is presented in the sections below:

Margins
Text Formatting
Heading and Title
Running Head with Page Numbers
Placement of the List of Works Cited
Tables and Illustrations
Paper and Printing
Corrections and Insertions on Printouts
Binding a Printed Paper
Electronic Submission

Margins
Except for the running head (see below), leave margins of one inch at the top and bottom and on both sides of the text.