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Page Format for Papers

All typed papers will be formatted as follows:

1" margins
Title - 20 pt font
Body - Times New Roman, Verdana, Calibri, or Comic Sans 12pt. Font      

 (The entire paper, including the title and bibliography will have these settings.)

Date      (All in the upper RIGHT corner of the first page.)

The bibliography will be attached on a separate paper as the last page of the assignment.

Here's an example of a sample paper about the Greek goddess Calypso


When you write a paper, you have to use your own words or else give credit to the people whose words you're using.  If you don't, that is plagiarizing.  That goes for pictures, too.

"Research-based writing in American institutions, both educational and corporate, is filled with rules that writers, particularly beginners, aren't aware of or don't know how to follow. Many of these rules have to do with research and proper citation. Gaining a familiarity of these rules, however, is critically important, as mistakes can lead to charges of plagiarism, which is the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words or ideas.

A charge of plagiarism can have severe consequences, including expulsion from a university or loss of a job, not to mention a writer's loss of credibility and professional standing. This resource, which does not reflect any official university policy, is designed to help you develop strategies for knowing how to avoid accidental plagiarism."

The Purdue OWL Family of Sites
. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 21 June 2012.

What is plagiarism? & How students can avoid plagiarism?


Every time you use a book, article, or web site to help you find facts for something you are writing, you must have a "bibliography."  A bibliography is a list of all your sources.  This helps your reader look for more information if they like your topic, and it gives credit to other people for the work they did. It also makes it easy to see that you did not copy your words from somebody else, which is called "plagiarism."  You'll be putting a bibliography in every paper you write.

Here's how you write the list:

Format for books:

  1. Name of the author. Last name, first name.
  2. Title of the book, in italics.  
  3. City of Publication. (Located on one of first pages.)
  4. Publisher
  5. Year of publication
  6. Medium of publication. ("Print" for a book.)
Last name, First name. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.(intent this last line 5 spaces under the first line) 

So a listing for a book would be:

Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York:  Scholastic, 2000. Print.

For more information go to the Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting Page

Format for Internet sources:  
  1. Author and/or editor names. (If not known, leave blank.)
  2. Article name in quotation marks.
  3. Title of the whole Web site, project, or book italicized.
  4. Title of the individual website.
  5. Date of the page or of the latest update. (If no date can be found, type n.d. for 'no date'.)
  6. Medium of Publication. Type "Web".
  7. Date accessed. (The date you looked at the website.)
Ferdinand, Michael. "How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow. Demand Media, Inc., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2009. (intent this last line 5 spaces under the first line) 

So a citation for this page would be (if I looked at it today when I'm writing this):  

Van Nosdol, Carrie. "Bibliography." Google Sites. Miss V.'s Class, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2012. 

If your citation is longer than one line it will become a hanging indention (like above). The second line falls under the first and is tabbed in 5 spaces. The bibliography needs to have the same formatting as your research paper: double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font, one-inch margins.

For more information go to the Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting Page