Why students are so concerned about formatting of their academic papers? In this article, we are going to discuss this format, its main features, and essential rules that have to be met if you are hoping to receive an A for your work! You might have been told that there are specific requirements for formatting of your research paper and it is important that you check before you start preparing your final draft.
In fact, appropriate formatting, structure, and most important – compliance with requirements of a citation style are the main factors that influence your work’s grade. If you are not meeting this requirement, your paper automatically loses at least 30% of a grade or even more because this is one of the key things that professors look at when checking students’ works. If you are meant to use the MLA formatting, below are the instructions on how to adhere to this formatting style.
Do not write changes below the affected lines, and do not use the margins.
If there is a large number of corrections on any given page, consider revising your document and reprinting the page.
Label and title have to be typed flush left on separate lines before a table and you also have to apply standard capitalization as you would with titles.
The source of a table and any notes should be given immediately below the table in a caption.Besides, they sometimes label correct material as erroneous.In the case if your professor accepts any adjustments in the printed document, make all the necessary corrections neatly, using an ink that fits the color of the main text and make clear statements of what should be corrected.Most writing programs allow you to create such a running head automatically on every page.Some teachers may specifically instruct to not have a running head on the first page.You should not put a period after the title or any heading in the paper.Start your text on the new, double-spaced line after the title, indenting the first line of the paragraph (as usual, half an inch from the left margin).Label and caption should be added directly below the illustration and share the same one-inch margins as the rest of the text. If the caption of either an illustration or table are used to deliver a comprehensive data on a particular source and there is no reference to it within your work, it is not required to make an entry for the source in the works cited list.Musical illustrations are labeled Example (abbreviated Ex.), given an Arabic numeral, and a caption.Research papers do not normally require a title page, but if your paper is a group project, do create a title page and list all the authors there, instead of in the header on page one of your work. If your teacher gave specific instructions with regard to the title page, format it as instructed.All pages have to be numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, flush with the right margin and half an inch from the top.