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❶A good outline is the most important step in writing a good paper. In addition to the author, there may be other contributors to the source who should be credited, such as editors, illustrators, translators, etc.

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I am having trouble putting the page number in the top-right hand corner of the pages. Just look around, you should be able to find it. Another way I normally use: My English instructor has given us instructions to indent 10 spaces the first line of the paragraph. Like how do you even double space something or do the last name in the top corner with the number thing someone help me!!! If we have a cover page for a research paper do we need a header with our name on the first page of the paper thats shown above?

So for the double spacing, when choosing the spacing between lines we just select the 2? This is definitely useful, and will be a big help the next time I type up a report. Leave this field empty. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Currently, MLA is at its 7th edition.

Good mla format info Reply. I agree with Bryan, this is reallly good information. Simple and concise — thank you for this!! Titles for longer works used in your paper can be underlined or italicized, but not both. Make a cover page. Include your name, the instructor's name, the course name, and the date in the left-hand corner. Drop down a double space, center your title, and write it in title case.

Drop down a double space to begin the body text. The upper right corner should have a header that includes your last name followed by a space and a page number. Enclose short quotations in the body of your paper with quotation marks.

Your research paper thesis statement is like a declaration of your belief. The main portion of your essay will consist of arguments to support and defend this belief.

It is impossible to create a thesis statement immediately when you have just started fulfilling your assignment. Before you write a thesis statement, you should collect, organize and analyze materials and your ideas. You cannot make a finally formulated statement before you have completed your reseach paper. It will naturally change while you develop your ideas. Stay away from generic and too fuzzy statements and arguments.

Use a particular subject. The paper should present something new to the audience to make it interesting and educative to read. Avoid citing other authors in this section. Present your own ideas in your own words instead of simply copying from other writers. If you have time and opportunity, show it to your instructor to revise.

Otherwise, you may estimate it yourself. A well-prepared thesis means well-shaped ideas. It increases credibility of the paper and makes good impression about its author. More helpful hints about Writing a Research Paper. An informal outline working outline is a tool helping an author put down and organize their ideas. It is subject to revision, addition and canceling, without paying much attention to form. In a formal outline, numbers and letters are used to arrange topics and subtopics.

The letters and numbers of the same kind should be placed directly under one another. The topics denoted by their headings and subheadings should be grouped in a logical order. All points of a research paper outline must relate to the same major topic that you first mentioned in your capital Roman numeral. The purpose of an outline is to help you think through your topic carefully and organize it logically before you start writing.

A good outline is the most important step in writing a good paper. Check your outline to make sure that the points covered flow logically from one to the other. Make the first outline tentative. What is the chief reason you are writing the paper? State also how you plan to approach your topic.

Is this a factual report, a book review, a comparison, or an analysis of a problem? Explain briefly the major points you plan to cover in your paper and why readers should be interested in your topic.

BODY — This is where you present your arguments to support your thesis statement. Remember the Rule of 3, i. Begin with a strong argument, then use a stronger one, and end with the strongest argument for your final point. Explain why you have come to this particular conclusion. Organize all the information you have gathered according to your outline. Critically analyze your research data. Using the best available sources, check for accuracy and verify that the information is factual, up-to-date, and correct.

Opposing views should also be noted if they help to support your thesis. This is the most important stage in writing a research paper. Here you will analyze, synthesize, sort, and digest the information you have gathered and hopefully learn something about your topic which is the real purpose of doing a research paper in the first place.

You must also be able to effectively communicate your thoughts, ideas, insights, and research findings to others through written words as in a report, an essay, a research or term paper, or through spoken words as in an oral or multimedia presentation with audio-visual aids. Do not include any information that is not relevant to your topic, and do not include information that you do not understand.

Make sure the information that you have noted is carefully recorded and in your own words, if possible. Plagiarism is definitely out of the question. Document all ideas borrowed or quotes used very accurately.

As you organize your notes, jot down detailed bibliographical information for each cited paragraph and have it ready to transfer to your Works Cited page. Devise your own method to organize your notes.

One method may be to mark with a different color ink or use a hi-liter to identify sections in your outline, e. Group your notes following the outline codes you have assigned to your notes, e.

This method will enable you to quickly put all your resources in the right place as you organize your notes according to your outline.


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A research paper does not normally need a title page, but if the paper is a group project, create a title page and list all the authors on it instead of in the header on page 1 of your essay. If your teacher requires a title page in lieu of or in addition to the header, format it according to the instructions you are given.

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MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8 th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page. The research paper on the following pages is an example of how a paper is put together following MLA guidelines. The title page and outline are not required for.

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For the most complete information, check your campus library or writing center for the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th ed. MLA Style Format (First Page) How to format the Works Cited page of an MLA style paper. in MLA Format, Research Paper Guide Sample research paper written following the style guidelines in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition: MLA Format Sample Paper, First Page.