Format of an academic paper is as important as the written and researched content. If you take formatting for granted there are chances you may loose points. The specific requirements for formatting an academic paper vary from professor to professor. Some prefer MLA (Modern language Association) style and some prefer APA style. Though the APA format is more commonly used in academic papers on sociology and psychology. This article will help you format an academic paper effectively before you go on to submit it to the professor to ensure you do not lag behind. Read below to learn to format an academic paper.
Placement of Contents
Place the contents of the paper in a sequential order such as: title page, abstract, outline, illustration list, the text, endnotes or footnotes, bibliography and index.
Creating Title Page
Type the title of the academic paper in the center followed by your name, the name of your instructor, course title and the date. Each entry must be on a separate line.
Do not write the abstract on the title page. Select a separate page for writing an abstract. Just write the brief summary of the contents of the academic paper.
Make a list of illustrations on a separate page. Write all the page numbers and their names that you included in your academic paper.
Make an Index
List down the all the major topics, references and names, citations on a separate page that appear in your academic paper with the page numbers. This must be included in an alphabetical order.
Add page numbers on every page except the title page on upper right hand corner. Though the title page is not numbered but it is still numbered as the page following the title page is numbered 2 as it is counted among the total pages of an academic paper.