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Need help writing your research paper? This guide will give you tips on grammar, punctuation, formatting your paper, and the writing process for research papers.

Writing Guides

If you need writing assistance, contact Academic Support and Tutoring to meet with a free writing tutor, or use the guides below.

How to Format Your Paper in APA Style, 7th Edition

Below, you will find instructions for formatting your paper in APA 7 in either MS Word or Google Drive.

FYI: Although these videos states that you can use any font, most instructors prefer Times New Roman 12-point font. Review your assignment prompt to determine your instructor's preference.

Setting up MLA Format (7th & 8th Editions) in Word 2016

Please note that this formatting tutorial is compliant with the 7th and 8th Editions of MLA Style. The 9th Edition of MLA Style was released in April 2021. Updated guidance for formatting papers to comply with the 9th Edition will be posted in Fall 2021.

How to Format Your Paper in Chicago Style (17th) or Turabian (7th)

Below, you will find instructions for formatting your paper according to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), 17th edition, or Turabian, 9th Edition, in MS Word. Turabian is a modified version of CMS, so the set-up process is the same for the two styles/editions.