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Citing Sources Guide

Iona University Libraries Research Guide on Citing Source

Research Paper

  • 12-point Arial or Times font 
  • Double-spaced except for block quotes, which are indented and single-spaced
  • Minimum of 1/4 inch margins on all sides
  • Page numbers beginning with the title page and including the reference page are placed in the upper right corner
  • Running header - shortened from the title - justified left - on all pages


Title page: Full title (title case and bold), author's names, institutions, complete word count, running header

Abstract: New page, use the full title as the heading (all caps, not bold, and left-justified), 200 words or less, and list three to five keywords

Body: New page, headed by the full title as a first-level heading. Use headings and subheadings as needed; three levels of headings should be adequate.


THIS IS A FIRST-LEVEL HEADING - All caps and left-justified

This is a Second-Level Heading -  Title case, italicized and left-justified

This is a third-level head. - Run in heading, italicized, indented at the start of the paragraph, and followed with a period. The paragraph continues on the same line immediately following the period.

References: New page, list alphabetically with References written in italics.