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Formatting a Research           Paper Using Word                 Bonnie Startt04/04/13                           1
What do you need to know?   This is intended to aid you in preparing a    research paper.   You need to be sure your pap...
What do you need to ask?   What format is this paper to be written in?    Different subject areas use different    format...
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Questions--Continued    Make sure you ask what type of sources you are    to use: book, Internet, journal.   How many so...
Questions- Continued   Do you need to meet with the teacher at    specific times?   Ask if you need to have your researc...
Questions-- continued   Should there be an outline section? If using    APA, you will need an Abstract.   Get your quest...
What kind of class are you in?   If this is a face to face class, you can do    each section as a single document. If tak...
It’s MLA– now what   We are going to assume you are writing    an MLA paper with a cover page, outline,    paper, and Wor...
This is your title page.   The following commands     will set up much of the    How to Format a Paper    formatting for ...
Title page, continued   The title page in the MLA format does not require a page number.   • Go to Insert menu   • Sele...
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Last Step-each section   When the page is complete, but before you go to the next page, you    need to create a new secti...
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Your Outline Page    You are now ready to begin the section for                                                          ...
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•This is your Body/Works Cited Section.   At the bottom you will see Page # and                                          ...
Paper, continued                                                                                               Student 3  ...
Paper, continued.                                        Student 4                                              Student 5a...
Paper, continued.                                        Student 6                                     Student 7    Page 2...
Good Luck!Although if you plan carefully,    you won’t need luck.04/04/13                          24
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  1. 1. Formatting a Research Paper Using Word Bonnie Startt04/04/13 1
  2. 2. What do you need to know? This is intended to aid you in preparing a research paper. You need to be sure your paper is formatted correctly. This will guide you in being sure about what your assignment entails.04/04/13 2
  3. 3. What do you need to ask? What format is this paper to be written in? Different subject areas use different formats: APA, MLA, CBE, Chicago (also called Turabian). How long is it to be?– Word Count Is that length just the paper section? Or does it include everything?04/04/13 3
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  5. 5. Questions--Continued Make sure you ask what type of sources you are to use: book, Internet, journal. How many sources do you need? Remember this is a research paper, so you will have to do research! Will you be required to turn in all your sources? Some teachers ask that all Internet information be turned in with the paper. I require a disk too.04/04/13 5
  6. 6. Questions- Continued Do you need to meet with the teacher at specific times? Ask if you need to have your research topic pre-approved. Is it to be informative or argumentative? Should it be in 3rd person or may you use 1st person?04/04/13 6
  7. 7. Questions-- continued Should there be an outline section? If using APA, you will need an Abstract. Get your questions asked beforehand.When your paper is returned, it is too late to say you didn’t know.04/04/13 7
  8. 8. What kind of class are you in? If this is a face to face class, you can do each section as a single document. If taking an online class, it will need to be a single document. The following instructions will assume this is an on-line class.04/04/13 8
  9. 9. It’s MLA– now what We are going to assume you are writing an MLA paper with a cover page, outline, paper, and Works Cited. You need to open Word. The next steps will show you how to get the paper you want.04/04/13 9
  10. 10. This is your title page. The following commands will set up much of the How to Format a Paper formatting for the whole paper. Ima Student MLA requires 1” margins all around. Word has a 1.25” default. Go to English 111- 15B Files- Go to Page Set-Up and set r/l margins at 1” Your Teacher Type the information as you see it. April 21, 200304/04/13 10
  11. 11. Title page, continued The title page in the MLA format does not require a page number. • Go to Insert menu • Select Page Number – deselect the check mark on Show number on First Page This will allow you to prepare your title page correctly.04/04/13 11
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  15. 15. Last Step-each section When the page is complete, but before you go to the next page, you need to create a new section which will allow a new numbering format. **** • Go to the Insert menu • Select Break • Select the second section—select Section Break Types • Select Next Page • At the bottom you will see Page # and Section #-- the section and page # will change to 2.04/04/13 15
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  17. 17. Your Outline Page You are now ready to begin the section for Student i the outline. This will require you to use Name May not be needed if you have a title page. lower case Roman numerals (For example: Teacher Class i ii iii iv) in your header. We will also need Date to include your last name in the Header. • Select View in the Menu Outline • Select Header/Footer Thesis Statement: This is a single statement that introduces your topic and what your intent is. The diet industry tries to make people think there • Change alignment to Right—type your is an easy way to lose weight when in truth it requires a lifestyle change. last name and press the space bar 2 times. • Looking at the Header menu—select # I. This is your opening point. A. This is a support of the main point with a hand mark B. This is another point • Select number format: select the Roman C. Use all sentences or all key words—not both. II. This is a supporting detail. numerals (In older version, 95 or older, you III. This is a another point may need to use the Insert-Page Number) A. Support B. Support Next, Select # . 1. Support of support 2. Another example When you have completed your outline, a.. Example of example you will need to start a new section by b. Example following the same steps as from slide 15. IV. This might be your concluding topic sentences and supports04/04/13 17
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  20. 20. •This is your Body/Works Cited Section. At the bottom you will see Page # and Student 1 Section #-- the section and page # will Ima Student Use a header or a heading– not both. change to 3. It is now time begin your text. Class and Section You will need to create a new header which Your Teacher shows the next numbering format. How to Write a Research Paper Select View in the Menu One must double space and indent 5 spaces Select Header/Footer when one begins a paragraph. Change alignment to Right—type your last The writer will use the standard one name and press the space bar 2 times. inch margins all the way around. This is not Looking at the Header menu—select # the default setting if using MS Word. Use left with a hand over it. justification for the margins. Select number format: select numbers. If one needs a topic, one may go to the TCC Then select # Writing Center, http://www.tcc.edu/writcent Don’t forget that your Works Cited online handouts – Research Paper Topics or visit continues this numbering process. the TCC Learning Resource Center for ideas. Unless the teacher specifies otherwise, this is to be written in third person (he, she, they).04/04/13 20
  21. 21. Paper, continued Student 3 Student 2 This will not need quotation marks. This is called a research paper because the writers Laughter is also an elixir for the mind. Tests must do research and include it in their paper. administered by Swedish psychologist Lars One must include a combination of direct quotes, Ljungdahl before and after humor therapy paraphrases, combination notes, and your own reveal a reduction of stress and depression and a heightened sense of mental well being conclusions. In a direct quote the writer will use and creativity. More and more we are the authors exact words and place quotation discovering that it only hurts when we dont marks ("quote") around it. It will be followed by laugh. (Lederer 10) the authors last name and the page number in In the event there is a quote inside your quote, use parenthesis. In a paraphrase, the whole idea in the a single quote mark for the interior quote. The writers own words. With a combination note, one following is a combination quote with an interior uses some of ones own words and an direct quote. A teacher read this to her students, " If quote. The writers own conclusions are the ideas you subscribe to the summer Weekly Reader you that come to the writers as contemplate research. will receive ten issues. One of her students In the event of a long quote, more than 4 lines, waited all summer for a pair of tennis shoes“ (Lederer 147). Please note there is no comma the writer must set it off by indenting 10 spaces. inside the parenthesis, and the closing punctuation from the sentence is placed04/04/13 21
  22. 22. Paper, continued. Student 4 Student 5after the parenthesis. In the event the quote is a quote from another If one mentions an authors name in the text, work which cant be found, one must indicateone need only give the page number in the where it was quoted from. (qtd. In Author 10). In the event one uses an abbreviation,parenthesis. This is also the case if one is alwayscontinuing to quote from one author. "Shes a spell out the name first. For example, the real ModernPre-Madonna" (152). In the event the quote Language Association (MLA) is the source of thiscomes from a book with 2 authors, list both in information. In the event one doesnt wish to use aparenthesis. (Author1 and Author2 10). With 3 whole quote, one may use an ellipsis (...) toauthors it will be (Author1, Author2, and indicate that text is missing. For example: "... AndAuthor3 10). Beyond 3 authors one may name the quote" or "The ... quote" or "The quote ..." Should the writer need to to offer an explanationthem all, but the most common usage is to about the quote or extra details, this may be donename the first author followed by the by placing the explanation in square brackets [ ].abbreviation for "and others" et al. (Author1 et When the writer feels sure that he/she hasal. 10). proven the point of the thesis, the writer will prepare the conclusion. This section will sum up all that has been written04/04/13 without introducing any new topics. 22
  23. 23. Paper, continued. Student 6 Student 7 Page 2 and all subsequent pages will Works Citedhave the writers last name and the page Lederer, Richard. More Anguished English. Newnumber as a header at 1/2 inch from the York: Delacorte Press, 1993.top of the paper. The actual text will beginat the 1 inch margin. Like any project make sure that you allowenough time. Prepare a schedule. It is a simpleprocess if you take it in steps and allow enoughtime. To quote from Murphys Law: "If anythingcan go wrong, it will." This is never more truethan when you leave a project to the last minute.04/04/13 23
  24. 24. Good Luck!Although if you plan carefully, you won’t need luck.04/04/13 24

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