Basic Instructions For Writing An MLA Format Research Paper

If you are looking for basic instructions for writing an MLA format research paper, follow the information below:

  1. You want to do is complete any necessary reading or background research. For you can start the writing process you have to review any necessary chapters or research materials that will help you to understand the background to your subject matter. When looking for sources you want to make sure you are selective and you only work with sources that are accessible and relevant. If you are taking notes while you are searching for any sources you want to be sure that these notes are written in your own hand. You are much less likely to plagiarize if you have to write something down yourself. You also want to write down any quotations that will be useful to the purpose of your writing assignment. But if you write down the quotation directly you need to take note of the source from which it came. You will save yourself a great deal of hassle if you simply stop and write down the bibliographic information as soon as you write down the quotation. If you forever keep these two pieces of information together you will never find yourself in the inopportune situation of having to go back and search for the source from whence your quotation came.
  2. Once you're done writing it is imperative that you edit your first draft. Before you start editing any copy that you have written you want to distance yourself from it for at least 24 hours. Three super this is quite simple: your mind will constantly remember what you intended to write and not necessarily what you actually wrote. This can lead to many instances where you are reviewing the document on a computer screen and even though you typed out the word "begin" you know deep down that you meant to write " being" and so your brain continually sees "being" rather than what you actually typed. By distancing yourself for 24 hours you can return to your drafts with a fresh perspective. You want to also print out the draft that you have and read it out loud. By reading it out loud you can catch simple errors like the one mentioned above. You can also delete any areas that you find are no longer relevant, you can alter your vocabulary in order to better improve the expression, and you can check your content for grammatical errors, spelling errors, or bad punctuation. If you have time you can also look for feedback from your teacher before you submit your final copy.