Formatting an Academic Paper

You came to LSE to produce brilliant research, not to become more proficient at Microsoft Word! But by learning the skills here, you will be able to focus your time on your research and writing rather than wasting tedious hours fixing formatting problems in Microsoft Word.

Whether you aim to produce formal academic papers, want to draft a book, or produce competently formatted reports or meeting minutes, using Word styles and Word templates will make your faster and much more efficient.

The resources below aim to help you learn how to use Word’s styles and templates as well as other tools, techniques and tips.


Downloadable Resources

Download the Word 2010: Formatting an Academic Paper| self-study course materials [ZIP] and work through the course materials and activities at your own pace.


Guided Self-Study: Word 2010 Formatting an Academic Paper|

This is a self-paced, student-supervised workshop using materials designed to teach formatting techniques for Master’s Dissertations, PhD Theses, academic journal articles and book manuscripts. This course includes creating templates, using styles, generating contents page and correcting and maintaining formatting.


Drop-In PhD Thesis Surgeries|

Bring along your thesis and get help with formatting problems, table of contents, using images, creating and editing tables, page numbering and other issues. This surgery is open to PhD students.




This short (11 minute) video highlights the importance of creating and using Microsoft Word styles and templates. To enable full screen, click the arrows to the right of the volume indicator. Click ESC to exit full screen.


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