Post-Search Report Writing Mechanics Paper: White, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. Use one side only. For handwritten work, use ruled paper and black ink. Title: Center three inches from the top. Put in all CAPS. Center your name beneath the title. Title page, if used, should include title, name, course and/or teacher, and date. Margins: One inch at top, bottom, and sides. Paging: Put numbers in upper right corner. Omit a page number on title page and first page. Indenting: Indent five spaces (or one inch for handwriting) for each new paragraph. Block-in long direct quotations (four or more lines) by indenting five spaces on both left and right sides. For works cited entries, indent all lines except the first. Text: Double space body text and works cited entries. Single space block-in quotations. Use standard 12 point fonts. When ending a sentence, use one space before starting the next sentence. Quoting: When quoting directly, use quotation marks with reference citation. Do not use quotation marks for blocking-in. Use three spaced periods. . .when omitting anything within a quotation. Use brackets [ ] to enclose anything added or changed within a quotation. Proofreading: Use a caret (^) to show point of insertion. Use a slanted line (/) for cancellation of a single letter. Use a single horizontal line through a word or phrase to be deleted. Use a vertical line to separate unspaced words. Use horizontal parentheses to join letters accidentally separated. Reprint a computer file page or rewrite a handwritten page if many corrections are needed.
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