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General guidelines for Schuylkill Valley High School's Graduation Project Research Paper

General guidelines for Schuylkill Valley High School's Graduation Project Research Paper

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    • Schuylkill Valley’s Research Paper Guidelines
    • Figure It Out!
      • Consult either:
        • The MLA 7th Edition
        • OWL at Purdue website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
        • Consult an SV English teacher (with SPECIFIC questions!)
    • Length/Source Requirements
      • All papers must be a minimum five FULL pages in length, not including the Works Cited
      • A minimum of five sources must be used. The Works Cited should include print as well as on-line sources.
    • Margins
      • ALL margins should be 1”.
      • Paragraphs should be indented 1/2” (5 spaces).
      • Longer quotations (four lines and longer) should be indented 1” (10 spaces) from the left margin only.
    • Text
      • 12-point Times New Roman
    • Spacing
      • EVERYTHING IS DOUBLE-SPACED, including the Works Cited.
    • The Header
      • The header should appear within the top 1” margin.
      • Every page should have a running header: last name and page number: Smith 3
      Notice the space between the name and the page number!
    • The First Page
      • The first page of the paper IS the title page. Do NOT include a separate title page.
    • First Page Example Your name Instructor’s Name Graduation Project Research Paper 8 October 2010 Title Begin your paragraph one double-spaced line below the title. The paragraph should begin with a 5-space indent. Do not justify the right margin. Name 1 1” 1” NOTICE: EVERYTHING is double-spaced!
      • cite:
      • 1 . make reference to: His name was mentioned in connection with the invention;
      • 2. commend: He was cited for his outstanding achievements ; 3. refer to: He referenced his colleagues' work ; 4. repeat a passage from: He quoted the Bible to her ; 5. refer to for illustration or proof: He said he could quote several instances of this behavior .
    • The Works Cited Page
      • If you cite a source, it MUST appear on your Works Cited page.
      • Likewise, if you list a source on your Works Cited page, then it MUST be in your paper.
    • Works Cited Besthoff, Len. “Cell Phone Use Increases Risk of Accidents, but Users Willing to Take the Risk.” WRAL Online . Web. 11 Nov. 1999. 12 Jan. 2001. Farmers Insurance Group. “New Survey Shows Drivers Have Had ‘Close Calls’ with Cell Phone Users.” Farmers Insurance Group . Web. 8 May 2000. 12 Jan. 2001. Layton, Lyndsey. “Legislators Aiming to Disconnect Motorists.” Washington Post . 10 Dec. 2000: C1+. Stockwell, Jamie. “Phone Use Faulted in Collision.” Washington Post 6 Dec. 2000. B1+. Sundeen, Matt. “Cell Phones and Highway Safety: 2000 State Legislative Update.” National Conference of State Legislatures . Web. Dec. 2000. 9 pp. 27 Feb. 2001.
    • Works Cited
      • MLA no longer requires an on-line entry to include the URL address unless confusion arises over two or more sources (i.e., the sources share the same title).
    • Listing the URL Aristotle. Poetics . Trans. S. Barnes. Internet Classics . Boston College, 18 Nov. 2001. Web. 3 Nov. 2008. ‹ http://bc.litdept.edu /› Aristotle. Poetics . Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive . Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹http://classics.mit.e du/›.
    • Parenthetical Doc./Citations
      • The research paper MUST include direct quotations and paraphrases, elements that support YOUR writing.
      • When using citations, avoid the following:
        • ending a majority of paragraphs with citations
        • following one citation with another
        • cutting and pasting
    • Parenthetical Doc./Citations
        • When paraphrasing (changing material you read into your own words), you MUST identify where you acquired that information.
        • Do NOT cite common knowledge material (material found in encyclopedias and dictionaries).
    • Common Errors
        • Poor sentence structure: agreement problems and use of the word “you”
        • Poor attention to details
        • Incorrect format & punctuation for citations/Works Cited
        • Spacing
    • Sentence Agreement
        • Everyone on the research trip was a leader in their own particular field.
    • Sentence Agreement
        • Everyone on the research trip was a leader in their own particular field.
      Singular plural
    • Sentence Agreement
        • Several on board has his or her own special assignments.
    • Sentence Agreement
        • Several on board has his or her own special assignments.
      plural singular
    • Sentence Agreement
        • Each of the students in the class had their own rooms in the dorms.
    • Sentence Agreement
        • Each of the students in the class had their own rooms in the dorms.
      Singular plural
    • Very Serious Errors
        • Less than five sources (or using weak sources: Wikipedia, Ask.com, encyclopedias)
        • Less than five pages
        • “ How-to” paper
        • Plagiarism = 0
        • Late submissions
    • Do NOT :
        • ask other teachers to proofread or revise your papers.
        • turn in your paper in a binder or plastic cover.
        • email your paper to a teacher.
        • turn in your paper unstapled.
        • simply place your paper on a teacher’s desk.
        • over-use the word “you” in sentences.
        • If you choose to submit a paper on October 7th, your paper must fulfill all of the requirements. It should not be considered a first draft.
      • A research paper is not a string of quotes linked together with brief text by you. YOU write the paper and support your main points with expert testimony.