If you are asked to submit your paper electronically, obtain from your teacher guidelines for formatting, mode of submission (e.g., by e-mail, on a Web site), and so forth and follow them closely.The following two sample research papers are typical of the papers that might be submitted in different kinds of courses.
Number all pages consecutively throughout the research paper in the upper right-hand corner, half an inch from the top and flush with the right margin.
Type your last name, followed by a space, before the page number (fig. Do not use the abbreviation before the page number or add a period, a hyphen, or any other mark or symbol.
Beginning one inch from the top of the first page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructor’s name (or instructors’ names, if there is more than one instructor), the course number, and the date on separate lines, double-spacing the lines.
On a new, double-spaced line, center the title (fig. Do not italicize or underline your title, put it in quotation marks or boldface, or type it in all capital letters.
If you lack 8½-by-11-inch paper, choose the closest size available. Some instructors prefer papers printed on a single side because they’re easier to read, but others allow printing on both sides as a means of conserving paper; follow your instructor’s preference.
Proofread and correct your research paper carefully before submitting it.
Your writing program will probably allow you to create a running head of this kind that appears automatically on every page.
Some teachers prefer that no running head appear on the first page. The list of works cited appears at the end of the paper, after any endnotes. The list contains the same running head as the main text.
Although a plastic folder or some other kind of binder may seem an attractive finishing touch, most instructors find such devices a nuisance in reading and commenting on students’ work.
Many prefer that a paper be secured with a simple paper or binder clip, which can be easily removed and restored. There are at present no commonly accepted standards for the electronic submission of research papers.