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Instructor’s Name

Course Name and Number

9 June 2019

Center Title, Don’t Bold or Underline and No Period

This is a template for formatting a basic college paper. The paper should have one-inch

margins all around. Each page should have a header with your last name and the page number.

The paper should be double-spaced throughout, with no extra space between sections or

paragraphs. The entire paper, including the heading and title, must be in 12pt font, in a readable

font; Times New Roman 12pt font is preferred for college essays. Make sure that the essay is left

aligned, not fully justified. Start each new paragraph with a ½ inch indent by hitting the “Tab”

key. Place only one or two spaces at the end of each sentence. To start a new paragraph, hit the

enter key only once at the end of each paragraph.

The way to form a good paragraph is to keep it organized and developed around one main

idea. The topic for the paragraph and an idea/opinion about that topic should be stated in the first

sentence (the topic sentence). Every sentence in the paragraph that follows the topic sentence

should develop and support the idea stated in the topic sentence. If you find that you are ready to

move to a new idea about the topic, that is a good time to start a new paragraph.

In general, a paragraph should be several sentences in length. Do not write paragraphs

that are only one or two sentences long. Like the previous paragraph described, a good paragraph
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has a topic sentence and several supporting sentences. By forming your paragraphs this

way, you can better develop your ideas and keep your writing organized.

Starting with the critical thinking essay, you may include research and others’ ideas in

your writing. If you plan to use others’ ideas as direct quotes, make sure that you give credit to

the writers by putting their direct wording in quotation marks. So, before you use others’ ideas,

state who wrote the words. For example, Sister Lee always says, “Place quotation marks around

the words of others so that you give them due credit and avoid the dishonest act of plagiarism.”

You can also place the writer’s name at the end of the quote, in parentheses. For example,

you know that you should “place quotation marks around the words of others so that you give

them due credit and avoid the dishonest act of plagiarism” (Lee). You can also rephrase or

summarize others’ ideas in your writing, but your rephrase or summary must be in your own

style and with your own vocabulary. See this resource for more tips:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/01/.

When you end your essay, make sure your last paragraph ends the essay in a satisfying

way. According to Literacy Education Online, a concluding paragraph should “stress the

importance of the thesis statement (the main idea of your essay), give the essay a sense of

completeness, and leave a final impression on the reader.” Many people believe that the

concluding paragraph is the most important paragraph, as it is often what readers will remember

the most. To get some tips about how to make your conclusion awesome, go to:

http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/conclude.html.