Besides size, some fonts are very attractive but difficult to read. This is a very pretty font, but if a paper were written in this font for five pages, your professor’s eyes will hurt and he will start to lose focus and understanding. Times New Roman is a simple font that is easy to read. In fact, APA recommends that when we have a choice, we should stick to the serif typeface family for writing texts, lists, and references. This group includes Times New Roman, Garamond, and MS Serif (Lee, 2013).
But the above recommendations don’t quite answer your question–not directly, at least. Must you use TNR for your assignments? According to APA, not necessarily. The APA Manual, 6th Edition (2010) recommends that when preparing a manuscript, you should “use a simple typeface with enough space between letters to avoid crowding. (p. 161)” However, if your professor tells you that you must use TNR, then you must: It is better to be in your professor’s good graces than a stickler for script statute.
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