Formatting Your Course Paper
This guide explains the formatting and submission requirements for Westminster course papers. Much of the following material is adapted from the Format Guidelines for WTS Theses, Dissertations, and Projects. Only the basics are covered here. For more complete information, consult Turabian 7th ed. or Chicago 16th ed., or contact the CTW.
General Formatting Guidelines
a. Use Times New Roman, Arial, or some equivalent standard font.
b. The font size must be 12 pt. for the body of your work.
c. For footnotes the font size may be as small as 10 point.
a. The body of the text should be double spaced.
b. Footnotes and block quotes should be single spaced.
c. Use 1-inch margins all the way around. Microsoft Word calls this setting “normal.”
a. Include page numbers, top or bottom of the page, centered or aligned to the right.
b. Indent the first line of each paragraph (1/2 inch). Do not leave a blank line between paragraphs. Also indent the first line of each footnote and leave a double space (a single blank line) between footnotes on the same page.
c. Single space bibliography entries and leave a double space (a single blank line) between each entry.
d. Staple your paper.
e.Include the Plagiarism Pledge. Students are asked to write out and to sign this pledge at the end of every paper: I understand and have not violated the Seminary’s position on plagiarism.
Header or Title page: No Strict Rule
a. For shorter papers (up to ten pages) a header is acceptable.
b. For longer papers (ten or more pages), you may want to include a title page.
In this Section: