The format of your paper in any class creates an immediate impression: it’s either one that says you value the class or one that says you did not take time to do small things well. This handout addresses some of the concerns faculty have regarding formatting. When you eventually write at work, the impression your texts create will have an impact, so you want to be concerned with the text’s appearance now.
Here is a list of what many professors dislike:
The style manuals like MLA or APA are written for researchers, not students, so the links below will help you get the information you need quickly.
Here is a link to the best MLA handout:
Here is a link to the best APA handout:
Here is a link to the Diana Hacker handbook website that will show you sample papers you can use to see formatting:
Here is a handout on online citation: