New this semester: Microsoft Word Academic Paper Formatting and References workshops

Does this sound familiar?

Formatting: Essays are required to be typed in MLA format. Double-space in twelve-point Times New Roman with one-inch margins. Put the word count in the heading. Your works cited page and self-evaluation should follow the essay, uploaded in the same document. The file must be in .rtf, .doc, or .docx format and should also be copied-and-pasted in eLearning.

Or this?

The conventions for formatting are as follows: 12 point proportional font (Times New Roman or Arial are preferred); letter-size paper; 1-inch margins on sides, top and bottom; double-spaced text; no additional spaces between paragraphs. Please include page numbers on your paper and your name in the header on each page. The paper must include a title page.

The excerpts above are actual assignment guidelines from UA instructors, and even experienced Microsoft Word users can find them a bit daunting (especially when grades are involved). This semester, we’ve added two workshops to help you meet assignment requirements and focus on research and writing, not struggling with Microsoft Word.

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Academic Paper Formatting in Microsoft Word provides an overview of Word’s styles and templates as well as other tools and tips for academic paper formatting. It is offered several times this semester, both at the library and online:

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Online via Blackboard Collaborate
  • Monday, February 16, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m., McLure Library Room 33
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., McLure Library Room 33
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Gorgas Library Instruction Room (104 Gorgas Library)
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m., Gorgas Library Instruction Room (104 Gorgas Library)
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m., Online via Blackboard Collaborate

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References in Microsoft Word provides an overview of Word’s References functionality. Attendees will learn how to add and customize footnotes and endnotes, add and edit citations and sources, create bibliographies, and automatically format bibliographies in APA, MLA, and Chicago style. There are several sessions from which to choose:

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m., Online via Blackboard Collaborate
  • Monday, February 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., McLure Library Room 33
  • Thursday, February 19, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., McLure Library Room 33 CANCELLED
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m., Gorgas Library Instruction Room (104 Gorgas Library)
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Gorgas Library Instruction Room (104 Gorgas Library)
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Register for Microsoft Word and other Academic Technologies workshops here.

Academic Paper Formatting in Microsoft Word Flyer (PDF)
References in Microsoft Word Flyer (PDF)

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