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    Instructions to write the research papers

    1. Use the standard page setup: 8.5 by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins on all sides.

    2. Compose a title page. The paper's title should appear on one line. The author's name should

    follow on the next. The third line should include the name of the school or association. All threeshould be centered vertically and horizontally.

    3. on the top left of the title page type "Running Head:" followed by a shorter version of yourtitle in all caps. This shorter version of your title will appear on this, and all subsequent pages, on

    the top right of the page. There, the shorter version of your title should be in all caps, followed

    by 5 spaces and the page number. On the title page, both appear simply to inform the reader.

    4. On the second page, include an abstract, if applicable. Center the word "Abstract" on the page

    followed by a 75- to 100-word summary of your paper.

    5 .The body of your essay should use straightforward language. Properly cite your sources.

    6. For quotes within the body of the paper, include the Author's last name, the year and page

    number(s) in parentheses directly after the quotation mark. This information should be separated

    by commas. The following sample sentence includes a proper citation: A recent study has foundthat " citations are becoming increasingly important to avoid charges of plagiarism."

    (Johnson, 2004, p.144)

    7. If you mention an Author's name outside the parentheses, you don't need to include it again.

    Follow the format of the following sentence: Johnson (2004) also stated, "Schools are

    becomingly increasingly strict in response to the cut-and-paste generation of students." (p.166)

    8. Cite your source when paraphrasing someone else's ideas. You don't need to include page

    numbers. Ex: Students unsure of what constitutes plagiarism find it safer to include sourcesthorough citations. (Johnson, 2004)

    9. Write the reference list. You'll need to include detailed information on every source you citedin your paper. Center the word "References" on the top of the page and then begin your list.

    Tips & Warnings

    Double-space your entire report, including your reference list. Use a standard 12-point serif font. Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier are the most-widely


    For in-text citations without page numbers (such as websites), help the reader pinpoint thequote by listing the section name or paragraph number instead.

    To reference books follow the following format: Last Name, First Name (Year ofpublication). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

    To reference web sites: Last Name, First Name. (Date posted.) Title of Website. Retrievedmonth, date and year, from

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    To reference periodicals: Last Name, First Name (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical,volume number (issue number), pages.

    Most professors in the social sciences require you to write reports in APA-Style and will markyou down for poor formatting if you do not comply.

    How The APA Style Of Formatting Is Helpful

    January 13, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Academic writing involves writing thesis and research papers. These papers not only help

    in assessing the students research capabilities and the knowledge he has of the subject, it alsohelps the students in understanding the different styles of writing which is required to write a


    How to Write an APA Style Bibliography

    November 25, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Writing a bibliography that conforms to American Psychological Associations guidelines is not

    difficult. The following basics will get you started.

    The bibliography starts on a new page with the word References centered on the page.Your

    first citation is placed two lines below. Alphabetize the citations by authors last name. Citations

    are then entered in alphabetical order and use a hanging indent, that is, the first line of the

    citation is left-justified and subsequent lines are tabbed to the right.

    A minor note, APA style guidelines specify using sentence-style capitalization for the titles ofbooksor articles, so you should capitalize only the first word of a title and subtitle. See examples


    The following are three examples of the most common APA style citations. Note that the

    placement of periods is an integral part of the formatting. Do not forget them. Also, included in

    the formatting are instructions for italicizing.


    Authors last name, first initial. (Publication date). Italicized book title. Additional information.City of publication: Publishing company.

    MagazinesAuthors last name, first initial. (Publication date). Article title. Italicized periodical title, volume

    number(issue number if available), inclusive pages.
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    Authors name. (Date of publication). Title of article. Italicized Title of Periodical, volume

    number, Retrieved month day, year, from full URL

    Research Paper Writing Made Easy

    November 21, 2011, 4:56 pm

    As more adults are returning to colleges and university to begin or further their education, thepractice of writing a research paper may have change dramatically since their last attempt.

    Thanks to the unlimited access that the internet has brought, researching topics and writing aboutthem in length is both easier and more difficult. To keep from plagiarizing the work of someone

    else, research papers should be written in the appropriate APA template or MLA format. The

    APA template is typically reserved for writings for sciences including biology, chemistry, and

    social and psychological sciences. MLA formatted papers are more appropriate for most otherforms of the research paper.

    While the access to research online is practically unlimited, the use of quotations, statistics orother information from researched sources must be presented in the appropriate format. The

    information to appropriate credit those responsible for information is also easily accessed. Many

    colleges and universities refer to the Purdue O.W.L. program for information on appropriatecitation for writing a research paper. This program, along with countless others, will guide the

    writer in citing work used in in-text citations for either the APA template or the MLA format.

    With a wealth of knowledge available in appropriate formats to cite information in a research

    paper, no student should have an excuse for plagiarism.

    APA Style Usefulness

    November 14, 2011, 5:00 pm

    If you are looking to write your next term paper, research paper or essay paper then you need toknow the basics of APA format and what it can do for you. APA format offers you the

    knowledge you need to format sentences properly, as well as learn how to cite referencesproperly.

    When writing a paper for school you need to make sure that you are citing any references usedproperly so as to avoid being accused of plagiarism. When formatting you paper using APA

    styleit helps you to familiarize yourself with line spacing, margins, headers and footers.

    There are various APA software programs out there to help guide you through how to make your

    term paper the best that it can be and free of errors. APA software also allows you tools to help

    make sure that you are educated on how to properly format your paper and prevent any penalties

    from your instructor.

    APA formatting is a wonderful tooland offers a variety of templates available to help give youthe education and knowledge you need to excel in all of your writing adventures.
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    Write APA Research Papers in a Snap

    November 14, 2011, 4:23 pm

    Digging into a research paper can be a daunting task that leads to more frustration than

    education. Taking the stress out of research writing is as simple as having a plan and following afew simple outlined tips.

    The first thing you need to do is decide on a template for your research paper. In many cases the

    course professor will dictate what type of template you need to use, be it APA or MLA. In some

    cases of upper level coursework and graduate studies you will be free to choose your owntemplate style. This means you should do a bit of research into the two styles and choose the one

    that best lends itself to your writing style. Namely, research the citation style differences between

    the two styles. The one that makes most sense to you will help you feel at ease with your

    research paper.

    Next Step in writing a research paper

    Next youll want to build a shell of a paper. Decide what angle you want to endorse or refute of

    your thesis and develop your argument. Your research paper shell will range from a few

    paragraphs to a few pages. It should serve as a guide to the types of evidence and research youllneed to find to support your thesis. Once you know what youre looking for you can dig into the

    research. Use note cards to make reference of these quotes and locations. You can arrange the

    note cards later to make sure each piece of supporting evidence makes it into your researchpaper.

    3 Tips For Writing A Paper In APA Style

    November 12, 2011, 4:50 pm

    Students in the social sciences are often required to write research papers and other academic

    documents in APA format. This format is easy to use so long as you plan ahead and follow a fewsimple tips. APA style is widely-accepted in academic publications and in the professional

    world, so becoming familiar with it now will be of great advantage to you in the future.

    Three Ways To Master Paper Writing In APA Style

    1. Format your document before you begin work. Like any writing style, the APA guideadvises you to adhere to certain margins, headings and page number formats. You cansave yourself time and worry by making sure that your word processing program is set up

    correctly before you being writing. Formatting a paper after you have written can cause

    you many problems, especially if you have broken your work into sections.2. Update your citations and reference list as you write. You may be tempted to complete

    your in-text citations while you write and compile your reference list after you have

    finished your work. You can avoid a boring task by making a new entry in your referencelist every time you make a citation.
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    3. Use simple visuals and charts in-text to enhance your work. Do not include too manycharts or visuals in an appendix. This will be difficult for your reader and is not in

    keeping with the preferred APA format.

    Remember to refresh your memory about the requirements of APA style as you work. Keep an

    up-to-date copy of the APA guide handy. If you need clarification, you should visit the APAwebsite or ask the professor who leads the course for which you are writing.

    Great Research Paper Writing Tips

    November 11, 2011, 6:04 pm

    The prospect of writing a research paper is intimidating to many students. Generations of

    students have mastered the art of writing the research paper, however, and with a little practice,

    you will too.

    The main difference between a research paper and any other college paper is which referencesyou use and the way you cite them. For a research paper, you will need to locate and refer toreferences that support your thesis.

    If you are writing a college-level research paper, the only acceptable resources are peer-reviewed

    journal articles. Magazine articles, encyclopedia entries and most books are not peer-reviewed

    references. As a general rule, peer-reviewed articles are articles that have been published inacademic journals.

    Academic journals are expensive, and you usually have to be a subscriber in order to read them.

    Fortunately, most universities subscribe to most academic journals. Your librarian can show you

    how to access your schools journal database and how to search for articles that fit your topic.You can usually access the database online from anywhere through the librarys website.

    Properly citing journal articles can be tricky. Your professor may specify either APA or MLAstyle for your references and citations. You can save yourself a lot of time and trouble by

    using an APA or MLA template for citations. Many professors lower grades for improperlyformatted references, as well, so an APA or MLA template can save your grade. An MLA

    template works for most subjects. Some majors, such as psychology, require APA formatting.

    Difference between APA Style format and MLA Style Format

    November 9, 2011, 4:49 pm

    If you have just started a composition course, you will be introduced to both MLA format andAPA style format for citations. The two formats have a number of differences, including how

    they format in text citations and the works cited page.
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    MLA format was created by the Modern Language Association. The usual in-text citation format

    places the authors name and the page number at the end of the sentence, such as: (Smith 42).

    The references in the works cited are alphabetized by the authors last name or the title of the

    work if there is no author. Generally, the name of the publication follows, then the date and the

    applicable page numbers.

    In contrast, APA style format was designed by the American Psychology Association. Thetypical citation format includes the author and the date of publication, followed by the page

    number if the sentence being cited is a specific fact or quotation. For example, an APA...


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