Style: 12 point, Times New Roman Font, double-spaced, black ink (do not skip lines between paragraphs)
Length: 3-4 pages (Body pages do not include Works Cited or outline pages in these totals.)
Margins—Top, both sides, and bottom: one inch
Heading & Title:
The heading contains the author’s first and last name, your
instructor’s name (A. Richards), English class and period (English
III-2), and the date (month, day, year) in the upper left corner of the first page only.
These items will be double-spaced. The title appears (double-spaced)
below the heading in the center of the page. Do not underline, quote,
italicize, or bold the title.
The outline must appear at the front of the paper. Center the title one
inch from the top of the page. Double space throughout the outline. The
content of the outline must be organized and follow the paper.
The pages must be numbered in the right hand corner, 1/2” from the top
on each page. Your last name and the page # appear in this corner. Ex.
(Davis 1, Davis 2) *Continue numbering through the Works Cited page.
Paper Citations & Sources: The paper must incorporate parenthetical documentation from at least 8 sources.
- All citations must be incorporated into a sentence.
- If a source is listed on the Works Cited page, it must be used in the paper either in a direct quote or a paraphrase with
proper parenthetical documentation.
Graphic: The paper must include one original graphic such as a chart or a graph. This cannot be picture or clip art.
- The title—Works Cited—is centered at the top of the page.
- The document is double-spaced.
- All entries must be in alphabetical order by the author’s last name or the first word in the citation.
- Place periods at the end of each citation.
- Do no number or bullet entries
Paper Order: The paper must follow this order – 1. Paper
3. Works Cited Page
The teacher will require all preliminary notes and rough drafts. DO NOT
THROW ANYTHING AWAY. Keep a file with your work, or keep your work in
SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING: 1. One copy of the final draft.
2. Rough draft
3. Research Log
4. Note/source cards or organization
5. Copy of Research Paper Approval Form
A Note on Plagiarism: “Derived from the Latin word plagiarius
(‘kidnapper’), plagiarism refers to…passing off another person’s ideas,
information, or expressions as your own to get a better grade or gain
some other advantage…” (Gibaldi 66). You have plagiarized if you:
notes that did not distinguish summary and paraphrase from quotation
and then you present the wording as if it were your own
- While browsing the web, you copied text and pasted it into your paper without quotation marks or without citing the source
- Presented facts without saying where you found them
- Repeated or paraphrased someone’s wording without acknowledgement
- Paraphrased someone’s argument or presented someone’s line of though without acknowledgement
- Took someone’s unique or particularly apt phrase without acknowledgement
- Bought an otherwise acquired research paper and hand in part or all of it as your own
Some reminders about sources:
1. **DO NOT USE www.wikipedia.org as a reliable source.
2. Cite your sources on index cards before you start taking notes. The following items are needed if available:
b. Title of the main source, title of the article, or title of the web site
c. publisher, city of publication, volume number, edition number
d. copyright or year of publication
f. website address
g. sponsor of website
h. date the information was retrieved from the Internet
3. Evaluate your sources before deciding to use them: WHO is the creator/author? WHY/WHERE was the information created? WHEN was the information created or updated? WHAT is the information? WHAT is the format—does it use correct grammar, spelling, etc.?
MLA Quick Reference
are examples of sources you may use for your project. Reference
information for parenthetical citations and a works cited page is listed
under “MLA Documentation Form.” Use this guide as you create source
cards and note cards for your paper. You MUST have this guide with you
as you complete source cards and note cards. I do not have another copy for you.
Type of Source
MLA Documentation Form (as it will appear on works cited)
Book by a single author
Author’s name. Title of book. City of publication: publisher,
Book by two or more authors
Author’s names (in same order as on title page). Title of Book.
City of Publication: Publisher, publication year.
Article in a reference book (encyclopedia or dictionary)
“Title of Entry.” Title of Reference Book. Edition. Year published.
Introduction, preface, forward, afterward
Author’s name. Name of the part being cited. Title of Book.
City of publication: publisher, year published.
Author’s name. Title of Book. Translator’s name preceded by
“Trans.” City of Publication: publisher, year published.
Author of editor’s name. Title of Book. Total number of volumes.
City of publication: publisher, year published.
Article in a newspaper
Author’s name. “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper. Complete
Date (13 July 2002), edition: page numbers.
Article in a magazine
Author’s name. “Article Title.” Magazine Title. Complete Date:
Author’s name. “Title of Document.” Editor’s (webmaster’s) name.
Date of access. URL address.
CD-ROM (includes databases—Scribner Writers, Thomson/Gale, etc.)
Author’s name. Title of Publication. Name of editor. Publication
Medium (CD-ROM). Edition. Place of publication: Publisher’s
Name, date of publication.
Newspaper or Magazine on the Internet
Author’s name. “Article Title.” Publication Title. Complete date:
Page numbers. Website Title. Sponsor’s name. Date of access.
Name of the person interviewed. The kind of interview (ex. Personal,
Telephone, or email). Date or dates (day, month, year).
Research Paper Checklist
___ Times New Roman font
___ Double spaced
___ 12 point font
___ 1 Inch Margins (default for Microsoft Word is 1.25, so check!)
___ Click File, Page Setup, Switch margins from 1.25 to 1 – NO EXCUSES
___ No Personal Pronouns used (me, my, I, we, you, yourself, etc.)
___ No Contractions (can’t, won’t, etc…)
___ Repetition rarely used throughout
___ First Page (all of the following on the left side of the page)
___ Your Name
___ Teacher Name
___ Name of Course (English III S or H)
___ Research Paper
___ Contains 5
Quotes/paraphrases that are properly cited ie: (As ____ said in ____ ,
“…” (Author’s last name, Page number). – note period after parenthesis)
___ Read out loud, so as to prevent obvious grammar and typed errors
___ Works Cited page
___ Second and following lines indented (not the first)
___ Cited works were plugged into Bibme.org (not just website/book name)
If you need to schedule an appointment with me during the week, see me before or after class and we will work something out!