How to Write a Research Paper
One must double space and indent 5 spaces
when one begins a paragraph. However, for the sake of space
this will be single spaced. As stated earlier the writer will
use the standard one inch margins all the way around.
This is normally the default setting if using a word processing
machine or computer. Use left justification for the margins.
If one needs a topic, one may go to the TCC handouts - Research
Paper Topics or visit the TCC Learning Resource Center
for ideas. Unless the teacher specifies otherwise, this is
to be written in third person (he, she, they).
This is called a research paper because the
writers must do research and include it in their paper. One
must include a combination of direct quotes, paraphrases,
combination notes, and your own conclusions. In a direct quote
the writer will use the authors exact words and place quotation
marks ("quote") around it. It will be followed by the author's
last name and the page number in parenthesis. When writing
a paraphrase, the whole idea is in the writer's own words.
With a combination note, one uses some of one's own words
and an direct quote. The writers' own conclusions are the
ideas that come to the writers as contemplate the research.
In the event of a long quote, more than 4
lines, the writer must set it off by indenting 10 spaces.
This will not need quotation marks.
Laughter is also an elixir for the mind. Tests administered
by Swedish psychologist Lars Ljungdahl before and after humor
therapy reveal a reduction of stress and depression and a
heightened sense of mental well being and creativity. More
and more we are discovering that it only hurts when we don't
laugh. (Lederer 10)
In the event there is a quote inside your
quote, use a single quote mark for the interior quote. This
is a combination quote with an interior quote. A teacher read
this to her students, " 'If you subscribe to the summer Weekly
Reader you will receive ten issues.' One of her students
waited all summer for a pair of tennis shoes" (Lederer 147).
Please notice that there is no punctuation inside the parenthesis,
and the closing punctuation from the sentence is placed after