Research Paper Information

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.


Outline page: 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.


Page Numbers: 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.


Works Cited:

  • 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

             2. Outline

             3. Works Cited Page



Note: 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 your binder.


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:

  • Took 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 as a reliable source.

2. Cite your sources on index cards before you start taking notes. The following items are needed if available:

a. Author(s)

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

e. database

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

*Below 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,

Publication year.


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.


Multivolume work

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:

Page numbers.



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.

URL address.


Name of the person interviewed. The kind of interview (ex. Personal,

Telephone, or email). Date or dates (day, month, year).


Research Paper Checklist


Paper Guidelines

___    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


Paper Order

___    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)

          ___ Date

___    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 (not just website/book name)


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