A research paper can be made stronger through the use of quotations when you need to cite a key piece of primary source material, strengthen your argument through another writer's work, or highlight a term of art. It is important to both use quotations effectively and cite them properly though, in order to create a successful paper and avoid plagiarizing.
• A good paper is the result of a process of writing and revising drafts. For further information and samples, see PHCC Online Writing Center – Essay Organization and Writing Process .
• Research papers must include information from the sources by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing in addition to your own analysis and evaluation of that information.
• For further information on how to incorporate information from sources in MLA style, see Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing . Aside from the differences in the citation itself, this method applies to how to incorporate information into APA style papers as well.
• Every sentence with information from a source must give credit to the source. Otherwise, it is plagiarism.
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You will often be asked to write research papers throughout school. These papers are academic and require you to gain knowledge on a topic or subject. You will then formulate a point of view on the topic which you can argue and support through your research with sources, statistics, data, and examples. Most often, you will have to format your paper for the MLA standards. However, some papers which are more scientific and data heavy require an APA formatting. Both styles have some similarities when it comes to the actual typing of the paper. These similarities include 1-inch margins on all sides, page numbers, double-spacing, and 12-point font.
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