Writing a Research Paper
In English II and English III students are required to do research which culminates in the writing of a research paper. Other English courses at Dallastown may also require students to do a research paper. Research papers for the English Department of Dallastown Area High School are to use MLA Format (Modern Language Association).
Please note: Whenever a writer does any research, he must cite where he gets any information which he did not know before doing the research (that which is not general knowledge must usually be cited). While direct quotations must be cited, so must other information which the writer finds and puts into a paper. There are several reasons that a writer needs to cite his information. The first reason is that we should give credit where credit is due; the person who actually knows the information should get the recognition for knowing the information. The second reason is for the benefit of the reader; if a reader wishes to find more information on the subject, he may easily do so by referencing the source in a citation. The third reason, and possibly the most important reason to cite sources, is that the writer, who usually is not an expert on the subject, can prove through the use of citations that he does know information about the subject upon which he is writing.
Also note: Any source which a writer lists on his Works Cited page must be cited internally in the body of the paper. This shows that the source was actually used in gathering information for the research paper.
Below you will find links to different web resources that can be of further assistance in putting together a paper that uses the proper MLA Format:
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