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Research Paper Guidelines


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

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Research Paper Guidelines

  1. 1. Schuylkill Valley’s Research Paper Guidelines
  2. 2. Figure It Out! <ul><li>Consult either: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The MLA 7th Edition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OWL at Purdue website: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consult an SV English teacher (with SPECIFIC questions!) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Length/Source Requirements <ul><li>All papers must be a minimum five FULL pages in length, not including the Works Cited </li></ul><ul><li>A minimum of five sources must be used. The Works Cited should include print as well as on-line sources. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Margins <ul><li>ALL margins should be 1”. </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraphs should be indented 1/2” (5 spaces). </li></ul><ul><li>Longer quotations (four lines and longer) should be indented 1” (10 spaces) from the left margin only. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Text <ul><li>12-point Times New Roman </li></ul>
  6. 6. Spacing <ul><li>EVERYTHING IS DOUBLE-SPACED, including the Works Cited. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Header <ul><li>The header should appear within the top 1” margin. </li></ul><ul><li>Every page should have a running header: last name and page number: Smith 3 </li></ul>Notice the space between the name and the page number!
  8. 8. The First Page <ul><li>The first page of the paper IS the title page. Do NOT include a separate title page. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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!
  10. 10. <ul><li>cite: </li></ul><ul><li>1 . make reference to: His name was mentioned in connection with the invention; </li></ul><ul><li>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 . </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Works Cited Page <ul><li>If you cite a source, it MUST appear on your Works Cited page. </li></ul><ul><li>Likewise, if you list a source on your Works Cited page, then it MUST be in your paper. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. Works Cited <ul><li>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). </li></ul>
  14. 14. Listing the URL Aristotle. Poetics . Trans. S. Barnes. Internet Classics . Boston College, 18 Nov. 2001. Web. 3 Nov. 2008. ‹ /› Aristotle. Poetics . Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive . Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹ du/›.
  15. 15. Parenthetical Doc./Citations <ul><li>The research paper MUST include direct quotations and paraphrases, elements that support YOUR writing. </li></ul><ul><li>When using citations, avoid the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ending a majority of paragraphs with citations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>following one citation with another </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cutting and pasting </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Parenthetical Doc./Citations <ul><ul><li>When paraphrasing (changing material you read into your own words), you MUST identify where you acquired that information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do NOT cite common knowledge material (material found in encyclopedias and dictionaries). </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Common Errors <ul><ul><li>Poor sentence structure: agreement problems and use of the word “you” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor attention to details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorrect format & punctuation for citations/Works Cited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spacing </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Sentence Agreement <ul><ul><li>Everyone on the research trip was a leader in their own particular field. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Sentence Agreement <ul><ul><li>Everyone on the research trip was a leader in their own particular field. </li></ul></ul>Singular plural
  20. 20. Sentence Agreement <ul><ul><li>Several on board has his or her own special assignments. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Sentence Agreement <ul><ul><li>Several on board has his or her own special assignments. </li></ul></ul>plural singular
  22. 22. Sentence Agreement <ul><ul><li>Each of the students in the class had their own rooms in the dorms. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Sentence Agreement <ul><ul><li>Each of the students in the class had their own rooms in the dorms. </li></ul></ul>Singular plural
  24. 24. Very Serious Errors <ul><ul><li>Less than five sources (or using weak sources: Wikipedia,, encyclopedias) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less than five pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How-to” paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plagiarism = 0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Late submissions </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Do NOT : <ul><ul><li>ask other teachers to proofread or revise your papers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>turn in your paper in a binder or plastic cover. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>email your paper to a teacher. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>turn in your paper unstapled. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>simply place your paper on a teacher’s desk. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>over-use the word “you” in sentences. </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>