Research methodology notes

Research methodology notes
chapter 4
The format of the Research paper
Always leave margins of 1 inch at the top , bottom and on both sides of the text, except for page numbers.
Indent the first word of a paragraph one -half inch from the left margin .
Indent set -off quotations 1 inch from the left margin.

Text formatting
You can prefer Times new Roman font in which the regular type style contrasts clearly with the Italic and set it to a standard size of 12 points.

Do not justify the lines of your text .
Turn off your word processor’s automatic hyphenation feature.

Set your word processor to double space the entire research paper including quotations notes and the list of works cited.

Always leave one space after the period or other concluding punctuation mark.

Heading and the title
The title should be placed in the centre. If your title has a subtitle, do separate it with the help of a colon(:) . Follow double space between the lines of your text in the title page too.
Do not italicize or underline your title, instead put it in quotation marks or boldface or type it in all capital letters.
Just below the Title, flush with the left margin, type your name, your instructors name , course title, register number etc
Do not use a period (.) after your title or after any heading in the paper.
(Ex. Works Cited)

Page numbers

Number all pages consecutively throughout the research paper in the upper right hand corner one half inch from the top and flush with the right margin
(Type your last name before the page number as a precaution in case of misplaced pages,not necessary)
Automatic numbering of your word processor will save you the time and effort of numbering every page.

Paper and printing
use only white 8 ½ by 11 inch paper of good quality .If you lack  8 ½ by 11 inch paper, use the closet size available. Always use a high quality printer; your text should only be printed on a single side.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Seventh Edition. New Delhi: East-west Press Private Ltd, 2009. Print.