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Research papers usually have five chapters with well-established sections in each chapter. Readers of the paper will be looking for these chapters and sections so you should not deviate from the standard format unless you are specifically requested to do so. The most commonly used style for writing research reports is called “APA” and the rules are described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Any library or bookstore will have it readily available. The style guide contains hundreds of rules for grammar, layout, and syntax.
This paper will cover the most important ones. Total Pages Required: 10 – including references STYLE, LAYOUT, AND PAGE FORMATTING Title page All text on the title page is centered vertically and horizontally. The title page has no page number and it is not counted in any page numbering. Page layout Left margin: 1½” Right margin: 1″ Top margin: 1″ Bottom margin: 1″ Page numbering Pages are numbered at the top right. There should be 1″ of white space from the top of the page number to the top of the paper. Numeric page numbering begins with the first page of Chapter 1 (although a page number is not placed on page 1). Spacing and justification All pages are single sided. Text is double-spaced, except for long quotations and the bibliography (which are single-spaced). There is one blank line between a section heading and the text that follows it. Do not right-justify text. Use raggedright.