Guidelines for the Research Paper

All projects should be inquiry based in nature.An inquiry based research paper involves a higher level of thinking skills and generally draws a conclusion. Compare/Contrast and Cause/Effect work well as the starting point for your paper as well as how the topic made an impact. The topic should be treated as a problem, and the student attempts to find a solution. An example of a problem-solving project is "Should the United Nations be abolished?"

Your paper should be written with an MLA style heading:

There is no special title page unless your teacher requests it.
Starting in the upper left hand corner of the first page list: name, teacher's name, course name and date. All lines should be double spaced. Double space again and center the title. The title should be in the same size font as your paper, do not underline or bold your title. The Title should have standard capitalization; it should not be in all caps.
Open below to see an example of a correct heading:

Body of paper
The length of the paper may vary, depending on the type of project, but it should be at 3-5 typed pages (8th-12th grade) in length to adequately cover the topic. The body contains the important facts that you have gathered from a variety of resources including books, reference books, encyclopedias, magazines, and other resources.

Need Help with your Thesis Statement?
All inquiry papers need to have a one sentence thesis statement within the first paragraph.
How to write a good thesis statement from the Writing Studio at Duke University
Find examples of how to write a good thesis statement from Easybib.
You can find a good explanation of how to construct a thesis statementfrom the University of North Carolina.
Need more help with writing a thesis statement? View this powerpoint from the English textbook

Need Help with Writing a Research Paper?
Easybib has created a writing guide to walk you through the process of writing a research paper.
The Internet Public Library (IPL) has created the A+ Research and Writing guide for you.

NO DUMPING ALLOWED: Plagiarism, or copying word-for-word is not allowed.
Your teacher will ask you to submit your work to Follow instructions from teacher to submit work.

You need to make sure that you are paraphrasing or summarizing from your resources.
The Harvard Guide to Using Sources can help explain the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting.
Follow this guide from Easybib to help you determine if you are.

You should be able to read and understand all information contained in your paper.
The body should contain the material that you learned during the course of your research.
Briefly describe the knowledge that you have gained as a result of completing the research. The
conclusion may consist of simply one or two paragraphs describing the general ideas that you learned.
In-text/parenthetical citations are required for all students
Use MLA 8 for your citations.
You should use Noodle Tools to format your in-text citations.
All information must be properly cited.
Bibliography/Works Cited
All students will use Noodle Tools to create citations.
Students should have a variety of sources including electronic, print, non-fiction, reference, newspapers, magazines, etc.
Please follow MLA 8 format for your bibliography. Find help on OWL from the Purdue Online Writing Lab
Every resource that you list at the end of your paper must be cited within the body of your paper.Go this page in the wiki if you need more citation help.See Ms. Kahn in the library for further assistance or email her: