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Contains instructions on using footnotes, small caps, tables of contents, tables of authorities, page numbers, and indexes. Created by Jamie Marie Keller, Reference Librarian at Florida Coastal School of Law.
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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About this LibGuide

This LibGuide will walk you through most of the technical aspects of formatting your papers in Microsoft Word. We cover how to create footnotes, small caps, table of contents, and table of authorities. These are covered both for PC and Mac. 

If you need additional assistance, please contact the ASLS librarians at

Our thanks and appreciation go to Jamie Marie Keller, Reference Librarian at Florida Coastal School of Law, for creating this guide and sharing it with us.


Sources for Assistance with Writing

Below are a few books to assist you with writing your papers.

Aspen handbook for legal writers: a practical reference by Deborah E. Bouchoux

General Collection & Course Reserves   KF250 .B68

** This is a resource for figuring out grammar, punctuation and how to organize and edit your paper. **


Scholarly writing: ideas, examples, and execution by Jessica L.  Clark & Kristen E. Murray

Academic Success Collection   KF250 .C528     

** Especially check out the chapter on writing your draft! **


Scholarly writing for law students: seminar papers, law review notes, and law review competition papers by Elizabeth Fajans

Academic Success Collection   KF250 .F35

** The chapter on the writing process is especially helpful for turning your notes and thoughts into a draft! **


Academic legal writing: law review articles, student notes, seminar papers, and getting on law review / by Eugene Volokh

General Collection   KF250 .V65

** If you are having difficulty editing, this book is for you! **


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