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MS Word Options for Preparing Documents

MS Word provides every option necessary for preparing any kind of literary document.
With the following options, there is no reason why your students cannot prepare
and turn in a perfectly formatted document. When setting your margins, you will want to start out with Page Layout and then Page Setup. Here are the options to choose from:

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Creating Citations for Bibliography and Works Cited Pages

Please be aware that the MLA and APA rules have changed since July, 2009. Check the Online Writing Lab at Purdue web site for new rules. I will be updating the steps if and when Microsoft decides to update MS Word with the correct formats.

Citing sources is a difficult task when you don't know what it is you're looking for. However, if you can find the information you can build them with the help of MS Word's References feature.

1. Click on References

2. Click on "Citations & Bibliography"

3. When you click on "Style", you will see a list of styles that you can use, including "APA" and "MLA". Click on the one you will be using for your paper.

4. Click on "Insert Citation" and fill out the form with the information you acquire from the document you are using.

The program retains the information and uses it to create your Bibliography/Works Cited page.