Many students really dislike written assignments and neither understand nor accept the necessity of such tasks. You would be surprised how many of you think it is a burden and would like to get rid of it. You seriously need to think what to do with this problem as you get written assignments all the time, no matter what educational institution or subject it is.

Academic writing involves a lot more than actual writing. You have to do some research, carefully plan the process, prepare drafts, format and proofread. Formatting is one of the most important factors as this is the first thing that a professor notices while looking through a paper. Formatting gives the reader the first impression of the student and the paper. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you know how to do it properly. Below you can find a guide on what a formatting template is and why it is useful.

Formatting Template

So, why might you need an essay writing paper template? A template makes writing easier as you do not need to worry about the format anymore. Thus, a template provides a framework that you use when writing a paper and just insert your particular details in the spaces provided. For example, a business letter template has a space for your address, the recipient’s address and an empty body structure where you write the message. You can also find a signature space provided in the template.

You can download a template from the Internet or it might come with a specific program. The best idea is to save it to your desktop in order to avoid looking for it somewhere else each time you need to use it. A template saved, now just open it and start writing.

There are a few different formatting styles with their own peculiarities; among them are APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago. Thus, whenever you have got a written assignment, do not overlook which particular format you need to use. Depending on it, choose the needed template and go on to write the paper. The template that you will be using more often than others is APA – it is the most common style. Below you can find a guide on how to use the APA format template.

Title Page

All academic papers require a title page. The title page in the APA format has to indicate the title, author’s name and institutional affiliation. In the template, you will clearly see where to fill in the required information.

Also, at the top of the first page of your paper, you should write the title one more time. Among other important details are the margins, which have to be one inch on all sides. Double space your essay using a clear font. The recommended font is 12 pt. Time New Romans. The text should be aligned flush left, and each paragraph should be indented one-half inch from the left margin.

Abstract

An abstract is a brief summary of a paper. It is not a compulsory part of an academic paper. If it is not required, then just start writing your paper from the first page. However, if it is required, you start your paper with an abstract. Make sure it is not too broad and lengthy; usually, an abstract takes about 120 words. Do not indent the first line. At the end of an abstract, indicate the key words of your paper. To do this, you write Keywords: at the bottom of your abstract starting with a new half inch indented line, and list your key words. If there are any numbers in your abstract, type them as digits but not at the beginning of a sentence. To proceed with the rest of your paper, move to the next page.

References

If there are any academic sources used in the paper, they all have to be listed at the end of the paper on a separate page. Name this page “References” centered at the top of the page. References should be written in an alphabetical order. Do not number them. The first line of each source should be left-aligned, all the subsequent lines of the same source should be half inch indented. In the template, you are given examples of properly referenced sources where you can see other details of the reference page composing.