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Should the font size for endnotes in a paper differ from the font size for the text of my essay?

No. In a research paper, dissertation, or other unpublished manuscript, you should select a standard font size (e.g., 12 points) and let the word processing program you are using style note numbers automatically.  Although many professionally typeset books are designed with a variety of font sizes for different elements (text, headers, notes, and so on), such . . .

Published 30 March 2018

How should I format captions for figures that I include in my paper?

Illustrative visual material other than a table—for example, a photograph, map, drawing, graph, or chart—should be labeled Figure (usually abbreviated Fig.), assigned an arabic numeral, and given a caption: Fig. 1. Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child, Wichita Art Museum. The label and caption ordinarily appear directly below an illustration and have the same one-inch margins . . .

Published 28 June 2017

What guidance should I give my students for preparing an annotated bibliography?

Students should style a source in an annotated bibliography just as they would in a list of works cited and then append an annotation to the end of the entry. Annotations describe or evaluate sources. As James Harner writes, “[G]ood annotations accurately and incisively—but not cryptically—distill the essence of works” and “focus the reader’s attention . . .

Published 4 November 2016

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