Formatting refers to the appearance or presentation of your essay. Another word for formatting is layout. Most essays contain at least four different kinds of text: headings, ordinary paragraphs, quotations and bibliographic references. You may also include footnotes and endnotes.You also have to consider the fonts that you use and page numbering.
Formatting is important for two reasons:
Lecturers do not usually give extra marks for the formatting of an essay. They are more interested in the content. But all readers are influenced by the presentation of a text. If your essay looks like an essay and is easy to read, the reader will be more likely to have a favourable attitude to what you have written.
Microsoft Word has several tools to help you with formatting:
You will learn more about the Format menu, Styles and Templates as you work through this unit.
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