The word count for a page will vary depending on font size and type, margin size, and spacing elements (single/double space, blank lines, subheadings, graphics).
For a page with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and minimal spacing elements, a good rule of thumb is 500 words for a single spaced page and 250 words for a double spaced page. Using this as an example, a 3-4 page double spaced paper is 750-1000 words, and a 7 page double spaced paper would be 1750 words.
Assignments often specify a research paper or essay length in terms of words, rather than pages - a paper of 750-1000 words or a paper of 1500-1750 words. This way a student's paper will still meet their instructor's length expectations, regardless of varying font size, margin size, or use spacing elements.
When viewing an electronic version of a student paper in MicroSoft Word, the exact word count can be easily determined. Some research assignments require students to include the word count of their paper.
Also, clarify with your instructor whether the words on the title page, abstract (if used), and reference list count toward the expected word/page count.
Short essays are a very common academic or scholar writing task. They are a part of the syllabus and part of the assessment in many courses, including literature, film studies, cultural studies – the list may go on and on. Writing 500 word essay may be a challenge in terms of not only finding the time for you to write a home assignment, but also because it is hard to succinctly share your thoughts and put them into a limited amount of words. Almost any 500 word essay example that you may encounter online or in printed guidelines on how to do a book report and other writing works, suggests that writing this type of essay is an art that can be mastered through practice.
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