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CSE Style Guide


Typography is not prescribed in the CSE Manual.

The library suggests using 12-point Times New Roman font.

Line Spacing & Margin Suggestions

Use double-spacing throughout the entire paper.

Leave 1 in. margins on top, bottom, and sides.  

Sample CSE Papers

Here are two sample papers (PDF) from Bedford/St. Martins. The format chosen for the body of the paper varies slightly from paper to paper. These students use the "citation-sequence" format, rather than the "name-year" system described in this guide. 

CSE Paper Format

The basic components of an original research article are introduction, methods, results, and discussion. CSE does not specify a format for the body of a college paper, so ask your instructor for clarification. The following guidelines are suggested:

Cover page

  • Include paper title and your name, and other pertinent information (centered).
  • Omit a header and page number on the cover page.

Body of the paper or report:

  • Add a header after the cover page. The header should contain the title and page number (starting with 2).
  • Double space the entire paper and use 1 inch  margins.
  • If you use sections like "Abstract, Introduction, Discussions", center the section title on the page.
  • Start your "End References" section on a new page.

Sample Paper (Name-Year)