Templates for Research Papers
Here are four templates, one in each of the most commonly used documentation styles: MLA format, APA format, CBE format, and Chicago format. Each includes fonts, margins, headers, a first page, and a bibliography page. You can insert your own text into a template to create a correctly formatted research paper. Templates are provided as Microsoft Word (Office 97 version) and RTF (Rich Text Format) files.

When you select one of the templates below, your computer should open the Microsoft Word file or the RTF file in the target application. Your computer may not be set up for this action. If not, you can save the files and open them manually.

To open a template after you have saved it:

1) Start your word processor.

2) From the File menu, select Open.

3) Select the template.

  Word Rich Text
MLA MLA_template_Word.doc mlatmp.rtf
APA APA_template_Word.doc apatmp.rtf
CBE CBE_template_Word.doc cbetmp.rtf
Chicago CMS_template_Word.doc cmstmp.rtf
All the templates are set for the widely available 10-character-per-inch New Courier font. If you must substitute a different font (perhaps because New Courier is not installed in your word processor), be sure to use a 10-character per inch, non-proportional font. If you use a proportional font such as Times New Roman, or a size other than 10-cpi, then the templates' formatting features (such as tabs, hanging indentation, and block paragraph indentations) will neither display nor print correctly.

Most word processors are programmed by default to use line spacing that varies, depending upon the choice of font. In contrast, these templates over-ride the default settings in order to maintain consistent double spacing at 1/3 inch.

However, WordPerfect 5.2 for Windows is quite "glitchy" in its file conversions.  Watch for and be prepared to correct the following glitches if you open a Rich Text file in WordPerfect 5.2.  The file conversion may 1) introduce unwanted fonts; 2) delete paragraph indentations; introduce extra page breaks; and 4) alter the line spacing.  Please feel free to use the e-mail link on my home page to notify me if you encounter other problems with Rich Text file conversion. (Note: the Rich Text templates should convert properly if you open them in Microsoft Word 97 or later versions.)

Although non-proportional "typewriter" fonts such as Courier and Courier New may look clunky, editors prefer them. So, before you change any of the templates' settings because you think they "don't look right," be aware that they have been set to meet the standard preferences of teachers, authors, and editors.

New, spring 2006: templates for "Exercise 3: Statement of Topic," in Word and Rich Text formats.

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