Using unusual or highly distinctive formatting, on the other hand, suggests that your previous schooling did not adequately prepare you for university work.
Consider the impact of unusual formatting: not only does it call attention to your paper in a way that might not be positive, professors might also see it as a sign that you’re trying to artificially inflate page length.
Always clarify with your professor which set of guidelines he or she wants you to follow before you submit a paper.
Using standard formatting for academic papers shows that you understand the customs of the university community and therefore helps to boost your own credibility.
Rule: Papers submitted for review or grading should have 1” margins all around.
This should be the default for Word, but if your default setting is to have left and right margins of 1.25”, change your default. Instructions: Go to the Format menu, drag down to Document, change the margins, and the click on the Default button and accept the change to the Normal template.
Click “OK” to make the change to your default settings.
Rule: The text of your paper should be left aligned, NOT justified, as justified text is hard to read if it hasn’t been professionally typeset.
As Johnson (2010) explained, Digital cameras now make up 90% of all camera sales at the leading electronic stores.
This increase in sales can be partially attributed to the widespread use of email and social networking, which has encouraged the sharing of digital photos. 23) Johnson further noted that, even more than with the shift to digital cameras, the increasing use of phones and i Pods that have built-in cameras has replaced the use of film cameras.