Writing Help

This page is for all materials related to writing help.

Videos:

How to Create a Running Header in APA.

How to Correctly Format an MLA Paper.

 

Formatting Help:

Basics of MS Word Workshop. This will download a PDF version of my PowerPoint covering the very basics of using Word, such as keyboard shortcuts and where to find certain useful keys on the keyboard.

Frequently Asked Questions:

“How do I…?”

…Indent Paragraphs? 

Do: Use the Tab key to indent paragraphs. Press once for a standard 1/2 inch indent for a new paragraph.

Don’t: Use the Spacebar. No one needs to press the Spacebar that many times. Ain’t no one got time for that.

…Change Spacing (double spaced)?

Do: Hold down the Ctrl key, then press the A key (as in the letter A). This will highlight the whole document, making sure everything will be double spaced. Then, right click on the highlighted text, select “Paragraph…” from the drop-down list, and, in the box that comes up, under the “spacing” section, select “Double” and change before & after both to zero point (“0 pt”). Click OK to save the change. See image below:

Paragraph Box
Click to Enlarge.

Don’t: Press enter at the end of each line twice. Your lines will be inconsistent in length and your teacher will notice. Plus, again, ain’t no one got time for that.

…Use a Hanging Indent (Works Cited/Reference Page format)?

Do: Highlight the entries on your Works Cited/Reference Page (just the entries, not your whole document). Then, right click the highlighted text, select “Paragraph…” from the drop down list and, in the box, select “Hanging.” Press OK to save the change. See image below:

Click image to enlarge.
Click image to enlarge.

Don’t: Use some combination of Enter Key/Spacebar to try to make it “look” right. It will look wrong and your teacher will notice. And, seriously, ain’t no one got time for that.

Templates:

APA Paper: This will download a template you can use that is already formatted. You simply right-click on any text that has brackets around it (e.g. [Title] ), select “Edit Field” from the drop-down list, then a box will come up for you to type what you want.

MLA Template: This will download a template you can use that is already formatted. You simply right-click on any text that has brackets around it (e.g. [Title] ), select “Edit Field” from the drop-down list, then a box will come up for you to type what you want.

Other Useful Writing Sites (I am in no way affiliated with these sites):

Online Writing Lab at Purdue – Purdue’s online writing lab has lots of easy-to-follow directions about APA and MLA styles, as well as tips for subject-specific writing that do a great job of explaining the rules within the disciplines.

CherriPorter.com – This site belongs to an English teacher and she offers lots of links for writing help. You can get writing & revising tips, research tips, and even computer skills necessary for good writing.

 

Workshop Materials:

APA Workshop Essay: Please download the practice essay we will format in the workshop.

MLA Workshop Essay:  Please download the practice essay we will format in the workshop.

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