What are the norms and standards of writing a research paper?

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The norms and standards for writing a research paper can be found clearly outlined in many MLA format guides. Unless your teacher has specifically asked you to use APA (often used in scientific papers), you will need to follow MLA format. Make sure your paper has a thesis statement in the first paragraph. Typically this statement is the last sentence of the first paragraph. You will want each of your following paragraphs to contain supporting detail and/or facts that prove this thesis statement. Make sure you are using a formal writing style. This means you need to leave out cliches, do not use contractions, and do not speak informally. You will want to make sure that you are using quotes and information from your researched sources, but do not plagiarize. In other words, do not simply copy what you find in other sources, but put this information in your own words. Make sure you cite each source that you use. It is important to share where you found the information from. See the links below for more information on writing and properly formatting a research paper.