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Standard Paper Format

  • 1" margins all around
  • 12 point font
  • Times New Roman font (unless your professor specifies otherwise)
  • Double space throughout
  • Indent first line of new paragraphs
  • Include page numbers in the header or footer
  • Format your references or bibliography according to your assigned style guide

Resources @ TU

Writing Resources

Click here to find a list of writing resource websites. Get help with citation manuals, grammar, and evaluating your sources.

TU Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ACE) is located in the Magnolia Building and offers students in person and online writing help and tutoring.

Zotero Guide

Check out this guide to learn how to use Zotero to track, store, and format your citations. 

Word Processing

A word processor is a computer program that stores and formats text. Although word processors can be used to create numerous different types of documents and materials, you will most likely be using your word processor to write papers that are assigned for your classes.


The most common word processor is Microsoft Word, but many students also use Google Docs. Check out the diagram below to compare and contrast each platform. For more information see this article at Go Skills.

Online Style Guides

The Purdue OWL, or Online Writing Lab, provides the best online reference materials for writing standards and citation manuals. The OWL is based at Purdue University but serves students, scholars, and writers worldwide. 

Click the links below to see the Purdue OWL formatting and style guide for each style manual.