Paper Writing Example Template

Paper Writing Example Template

Your Full Name
Course Title
Name of the lecturer with the appropriate title
Name of TA

Title (Bold, Centered) - (Title should indicate the focus of your paper, as well as mention the text and author that you're working on). Example:
Marginalized Others in Hemingway's "The Killers"

Always use Times New Roman font , size 12 and double space the lines. Insert page numbers. Formal academic writing requires full sentences (subject and verb in every sentence). Do not use contractions (e.g. do not write "don't" instead of "do not"). This paragraph is shorter than an average one in a student paper, but we need to start a new one to make sure you know how it looks.
Body of your text: Indent the beginning of every paragraph using the ruler function in Word – drag the upper gray triangle inwards to 1cm (yes, the example below shows a slightly bigger margin):

Set left-to-right paragraph orientation and "justified alignment" in the formatting bar. That is – in your Word file, press Ctrl+A on your keyboard (it will select all) and press the following button on the toolbar: . Then, select only the body of your paper (without the title or the header) and press this button: . Repeat for Works Cited page as well. Format the title separately; as noted above, the title must be centered.
When mentioning titles of literary works, you must follow academic conventions. Titles of short stories, articles or poems will appear in "quotation marks," while titles of novels, books and plays will be italicized (that is, select the title and press this button - ). Examples are provided on the Works Cited page below.Remember to support any claim you make regarding the story with textual evidence, for which you should always provide, in parenthesis, the author's last name and page number(s), without a comma or a "p." in between: e.g. (Boccaccio 463). Example:

The text of Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Killers" creates a tension between characters and their surroundings, as can be seen through the fact that the owner of "Henry's lunch-room" is George (Hemingway 78).

Please note that the citation will appear only at the end of the sentence, right before the period. If you choose to cite from more than one page of the same work in a sentence, the entries will be divided by a semicolon, like this (Hemingway 78; 86). Citing from different sources in the same sentence will also require a semicolon – (Hemingway 78; Smith 276). Please remember that for the sake of initial assignments, you are not required to use secondary sources, but should you choose to do so, you must provide sufficient bibliographical information. In general, your primary goal is clarity– use words you are sure of and choose your quotations economically, considering the limitation of your word count.
Every paper must have a proper list of Works Cited as below (yes, even if you're quoting only from one text):

Works Cited
We are currently using the MLA7 for formatting bibliographical entries, detailed guidelines for which can be found here: Here are the quick guidelines for citing a short story (or an article) out of a compilation:

Author's last name, first name. "Title of the Story/Article." Title of the Compilation/Book. Place of publication: Publisher, year published. Page numbers.


Hemingway, Ernest. "The Killers." Men Without Women. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927. 78-96.
Booth, Wayne C. "Telling and Showing." The Rhetoric of Fiction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. 3-22.

Again: the title of a short story is always in quotations marks; a book title is always in italics Also, note that in a "Works Cited" list, the first line begins at the margins, while the subsequent lines begin a centimeter inside the paragraphs (this format is called a "hanging indent"). This is the correct way to format Works Cited entries and it can be achieved through the ruler function previously mentioned.