Research Paper Format
All research papers should be written using the following standard format:
Normally the first paragraph. Contains the topic sentence which informs the readers about the basic purpose of the paper. A good topic sentence states the main idea of the paper in clear and exact terms.
The introduction should capture the reader's interest and make him or her want to continue reading the paper.
Please DO NOT use personalized statements such as "I am writing about ..." or "My report is about ..." These are inappropriate comments and should be avoided at all times.
The body of the paper is where you, the writer, will provide the factsand information that supports your topic statement (from the Introduction). The body should contain at least three paragraphs with each having specific data that provides the basis of your paper.
Each paragraph should gain strength from the previous and be in some kind of sequential or chronological order (especially if the report is historical in nature).
Please try to develop the use of transitional statements between paragraphs.
The conclusion, normally one paragraph, sums up the main ideas and finishes the report.
The major points of the paper should be reviewed within the conclusion.
The main point (topic sentence) should be repeated in such a way that the reader has developed a clear understanding of the purpose of your report.
In addition, there should be not question that you, the writer, have provided a source of knowledge to someone else, the reader.
Please DO NOT write the following in your conclusion: "This concludes my report." The conclusion should be obvious and you do not need to state it in writing.
As with anything else, practice makes perfect. Writing reports and research papers requires skill. Be patient and your writing abilities will improve with time.
Research Paper Requirements
The following information details the format that you should use when generating a research paper for my U.S. History class:
1. Typed Reports
a. All reports must be single-sided (only one side of the paper).
b. All reports must be double-spaced (set line spacing to two).
c. All reports must have a one-inch margin on all sides.
d. You may only use the Times New Roman font.
e. The font size must be 12 pts.
f. Reports must be printed in black ink.
2. Hand-Written Reports
a. All reports must be single-sided (one side of the paper).
b. All reports must be double-spaced (skip a line).
c. All reports must be written in blue or black ink.
3. All reports must have a cover sheet. Cover sheet information must include the following:
a. Project Title.
b. Student's Name
c. Student's Class (such as Class A).
d. Report Due Date
4. All reports have to include a reference page listing all sources of information.
MLA Format is the desired format. Refer to examples on the following links: