Research Paper Requirements

Research Paper Format Requirements

1. Title page: with the title 1/3 the way down, name half way down, class, date, period.

2. Pages: numbered, double spaced, margins- one inch and justified in the left side only.

3. Type styles: 12 point, regular (not bold or italics), an “ordinary” type style such as Helvetica, Roman, Courier or Arial: none of this kind of stuff, or this, or this. Just plain type!

4. Footnote Citations: When you quote a source or use a piece of data, you need to tell the reader where you got the information. That is called a citation. It is not a research paper if you do not cite some source. Every source you cite (as well as any you read but did not cite) should appear in your bibliography (see below). When you cite a source in your text a typical footnote includes the following information: The author’s full name (or the editor’s full name, if no author is listed), followed by a coma; The full title of the book, underlined or italicized; Publication information: the city of publication, followed by a colon (:), State; The name of the publisher, followed by a coma; and the date of publication The page or pages cited followed by a period.

For example:

1. Henry Mayer, All on fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Press, 2000. 22-25. The first time you cite a work, you must provide all the information. In subsequent references, cite only the authors last name and page number.

For example: Mayer 32.

When you are making a footnote put your arrow on format, scroll down to insert footnote and let go. The computer will automatically number it for you and place you at the bottom of the page where you can type in the citation.

5. Punctuation notes: Underline book and magazine titles, and put article titles in quotes. If a quote is longer than four lines, indent it 10 spaces from the left and right so it has a narrower margin than the rest of the paper

6. Bibliography: The bibliography lists all the books and sources you used to research and write the paper. You need to take good notes as you research to save you hours of time putting this together later. The bibliography is on a separate page from the rest of the paper. The bibliography should have a title “Bibliography” at the top of the paper. List your books and sources alphabetically by the authors last names. If there are two or three authors, list them in the order the book lists them and alphabetize them in the list of sources by the first author’s last name. If there are more than three authors, list only the first author’s name, followed by the words “et al” (Latin for “and others”), and alphabetize by his/her name only.

If it is a book: Author last name, first name. Book Title. City where published: Publisher, copyright date.

If it is an article: Author last name, first name. “Article Title.” Magazine Title, date of publication: page numbers used.

CD-Rom or websites often quote books or articles. If so just treat it like a book or article with author, title, etc. as shown above.

If it is an original site (not quoting some other source) then list it like a magazine article: Author’s name, “Title of the Article,” website address (AOL on line, Ask Jeeves, Netscape Explorer, etc.), the address so someone else could find the website, and date on the site.

Author last name, first name. “Article Title.” Netscape Explorer. www.research paper. June 18, 2003.

List encyclopedias, and similar sources in alphabetical order based on the title of the article. Treat them like a book.

“Croatia.” The New Encyclopedia Britannica, London, 1991, 335-337.