An eLangdell Style Sheet

When creating materials for eLangdell, please use the following style sheet to guide your work. By following this style sheet you will produce a clean document that will convert properly to the may electronic formats that eLangdell provides. You'll find a Microsoft Word eLangdell style sheet document to help you get started.


  • Format: Apple Pages on the Mac or Microsoft Word on Windows.
  • Page layout: single column with 2 inch left and right margins, 1.5 inch top and bottom margins.
  • Preface, book description, and author bio: write prior to submission of final draft and include in the beginning pages your book.
  • References: Use endnotes, not footnotes.
  • Table of Contents: Do not mark content for a table of contents as this will be done automatically based on text styling.

Text Styling

  • Body text is 11 point (pt) Garamond or similar serif font, line spacing at 1.15 in Word, 6pt spacing after paragraph.
  • Text decoration should not be used except as outlined below.
  • Title page
    • Each book has 1 title page
    • Book Title - 36 pt Garamond
    • Sub-title - 20 pt Garamond
    • Author - 28 pt Garamond
    • Edition - 20 pt Garamond
  • Book body
    • Chapter Number - 12 Garamond
    • Chapter Name (displayed in TOC) - 28 pt Garamond 
    • Heading (displayed in the TOC) - 12 pt Garamond, bold, optional: manually numbered with one decimal (1.2 where 1 is chapter and 2 is heading)
    • Sub Heading - 11.5 pt Garamond, bold, optional: manually numbered with two decimals (1.2.3 where 1 is chapter, 2 is heading, 3 is sub-heading)
    • Body - 11 pt Garamond
    • Body may include ordered and unordered lists - 11 pt Garamond
    • Body may include simple tables
    • Blockquotes - 10.5 pt Garamond, .75 inch left & right indent
    • Images are permitted up to a size of 600 by 800 pixels
    • Caption - 10.5 pt Garamond italic - centered below image 

Download the eLangdell style sheet as a starting point for your document. Select our text and type over it with yours. Make sure any text you add uses a style we've provided.


Hyperlinking in your book is highly encouraged. The ability to call upon external resources on demand from the text is one of the reasons we believe eBooks to hold so much potential. But keep in mind that not all readers will be reading your book while connected to the internet. Some may even opt to have your book printed. Thus...

  • Always include a traditional citation, as you would in print, in addition to your hyperlink.
  • Do not link directly to file downloads (PDFs, documents, etc.). eLangdell files are open and accessible on many software devices; we cannot predict how each will react when they encounter different types of files. If an html webpage version of your resource is not available, link to a web page or site that leads to the download instead. And, of course, include a traditional text citation to your resource, as well.
  • Hyperlinking to resources requiring paid access, such as those behind the password of commercial legal research publishers, is unacceptable.
  • If you cannot find the resource for free, include a traditional print cite, as always, but do not hyperlink it.
  • In linking to legal cases or statutes, only use free, reliable resources that are available to the general public such as Google Scholar, Cornell's Legal Information Institute, Justia, or Findlaw.

Revised 12/17/2012