Practice Typing Articles

Practice typing articles can help you to lay out your work neatly, easily read and understood by the reader. There are rules to be followed in order to carry out the assignment quickly. The following can help you:

Good quality A4 paper should be used.


  1. Main work double(treble if draft for correction
  2. Quotations and poetry single spacing, enclosed within quotation marks. Usually inset if more than one line.


  1. Left is usually 1 1/2 inch (extra 1/2 inch is left as a stitching margin). Right is half inch to one inch.
  2. Top and bottom 1 inch except for first page of each chapter.
  3. First page of each chapter has a "Dropped Head" (2 inches to 3 inches down).


  1. Chapter with dropped head, usually in large roman numerals, or all in words, centered over body of work.
  2. Heading in capitals and three spaces below chapter


  1. No number is given on the chapter page.
  2. Section and subsequent pages are numbered consecutively throughout the piece of work in Arabic figures. Type the number four spaces from the top, then turn down three line spaces to the first line of type, thus leaving one clear inch at the top of the page.
  3. Introduction of preface is numbered in small roman numerals.

Points to watch

  1. Each page (except those with chapter heading) should begin at the same point.
  2. Avoid ending a page with the first line of a paragraph, or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph.
  3. Never hyphenate the last word of a paragraph or at the end of a page.
  4. Numbers are generally written out.

Practice Typing Articles Footnotes

  1. Type the line across a page (usually margin to margin) two spaces down from the text, and begin the footnotes two spaces down again. An inch must be left at the end of the page, after the last footnote.
  2. Type in single spacing, with double between each separate footnote.
  3. Margins are often half inch wider than the rest of the work (i.e. footnotes are inset)
  4. Reference marks are used in the following order: asterisk, etc, if there are more than three then numbers are used)
  5. A reference mark is typed immediately after the word in the text, as a superior character, but has one space between it and the first word in the footnote.
  6. Footnotes must appear at the foot of the same page on which the reference is given.
  7. They should always be at the foot of the page, even if the text occupies only part of that page.
  8. Footnotes in work to be sent to a printer, should be inserted immediately after the line containing the reference, with a line above and below, and like the remainder of the work, should be in double spacing.

If you follow along and practice typing articles accuracy will be the end-product. It is always important to read and check the proofs or original work. Errors cost money and cause delays.

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