Your word processor is an important tool. But how to make it do many things that are quite common in biblical studies has been pretty obscure.
Combined with a few other steps, editing Word’s “Bibliography” style will give you more consistent formatting with fewer headaches.
You can get your bibliography to look like SBL style requires in a few different ways. But several common approaches create serious problems.
On the first page of a major section, SBL style asks for a 2-inch top margin. But that doesn’t mean you need to change the margin size in Word.
When you select a font, you select its size in a unit called “points.” But the font face also affects the visual size of lines and type on the page.
You can save yourself a lot of time by letting Word handle title page formatting—particularly when you’re vertically justifying the title page text.