I'll make a confession on behalf of all professors: we dislike poorly formatted papers. And while students may find it nitpicky, there are actually good reasons for properly formatting an assignment. It allows the professor to focus on your content, rather than getting distracted by the presentation. And most importantly, it helps us to see the ways in which you made use of sources and interacted with them.
Because of this, I spent a chunk of my time last summer creating an example paper for students at Acadia Divinity College. I'm happy now to offer up the paper here for other students, as well as professors who may want to use it as a resource for their own students. Enjoy!
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