By: Sarah Brodie
Research references, bibliographies and indexes should be done concisely and logically so that a single flick of a finger is enough to reach references that readers are searching for. You may miss out a one or two references as that's just human.
But when you are using a term paper model there are very few chances that something like that can happen. Most colleges and schools provide students with the term paper printing models so that you can get your research paper in a set format which is easily accessible by any one and readable on any computer too.
For example, there are four common formatting styles which are used to write papers and they are: MLA format, APA format, CBE format, and Chicago format. Each will have its own fonts, borders, headers, footers, introduction, a first page, index, and a bibliography page according to how professors want it or how your citation style is written. All you have to do with the outline is to add your written work in to the already formatted outline to have the perfectly written research paper.
Most of the time separate formats are used for different fields of research. For example, if you going to use study references for your science and humanities research papers, you will need an outline from the APA format of writing. These outlines are used to help you in the perfect formatting for in-text citations and referencing. All you have to do is collect your written work and insert in where the outline tells you do so.
The other outline format which is very popular is the MLA format. Most professors like the MLA format as it is used to write financial and natural science study papers. Check to see how your outline has the MLA format arranged and then just insert your written work in the spaces provided for it.
CBE and Chicago formats are not very commonly used but ask your professors to find which one they like.
A few tips to get your use of formatting outlines properly are:
1. You will find ready to use formatting outlines on the websites of different universities like the University of California English Department.
2. You can use the formats or even the formatted word documents. The formatted word docs are easier to use.
3. The research paper templates are designed to automatically set the parameters for different citation styles. You can also have the margins ready set according to what your professor wants, pagination system in top right corner, and select your pre-defined paragraph as well as heading styles. The different styles can be selected from the toolbars assigned to the template you have picked.