Not only does a good research paper include thorough research and thoughtful analysis, it follows specific rules for citing sources and formatting. This brief guide will illustrate how to correctly reference your sources and set up your paper.
For humanities courses, Connections Education® students should use Modern Language Association (MLA) style for citing sources and formatting. MLA style is commonly used in many middle and high schools as well as in colleges and universities across the country.
The MLA publishes the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. This is a very useful book, as it goes into great depth explaining the steps for writing a paper. The book is available at most bookstores, and your local library likely has copies.
This document covers some essential points discussed in the MLA Handbook, such as how to correctly reference common sources and format your paper. If you encounter an issue, such as citing a source that is not covered in this document, consult the MLA Handbook or ask your teacher.
For instance, if you want to incorporate pictures or other images into your paper, ask your teacher about the best way to do this. Depending on your teacher’s preference, images could be included within the body of the paper or in an appendix.
Always follow the specific guidelines that your teacher gives you.