Topic: any topic relating to aviation labor relations.
Length: 25- 35 pages, double-spaced, in accordance with the formatting requirements below (and in the MLA Handbook). The format required is based upon on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
Paper: Use white, twenty-pound, 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper. Erasable paper tends to smudge and should be avoided for a final draft.
Margins: Except for page numbers, leave one-inch margins all around the text of your paper — left side, right side, and top and bottom. Paragraphs should be indented half an inch; set-off quotations should be indented an inch from the left margin (five spaces and ten spaces, respectively, on standard typewriters).
Spacing: The MLA Guide says that “the research paper must be double-spaced,” including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited.
Heading and Title: Your research paper does not need a title page. At the top of the first page, at the left-hand margin, type your name, the instructor’s name, the course name and number, and the date — all on separate, double-spaced lines. Then double-space again and center the title above your text. (If your title requires more than one line, double-space between the lines.) Double-space again before beginning your text. The title should be neither underlined nor written in all capital letters. Capitalize only the first, last, and principal words of the title. Titles might end with a question mark or an exclamation mark if that is appropriate, but not in a period. Titles written in other languages are capitalized and punctuated according to different rules, and writers should consult the MLA Guide or their instructors.
Page Numbers: Number your pages consecutively throughout the manuscript (including the first page) in the upper right-hand corner of each page, one-half inch from the top. Type your last name before the page number. Most word processing programs provide for a “running head,” which you can set up as you create the format for the paper, at the same time you are establishing things like the one-inch margins and the double-spacing. This feature makes the appearance and consistency of the page numbering a great convenience. Make sure the page-number is always an inch from the right-hand edge of the paper (flush with the right-hand margin of your text) and that there is a double-space between the page number and the top line of text. Do not use the abbreviation p. or any other mark before the page number.
Tables and Figures: Tables should be labeled “Table,” given an arabic numeral, and captioned (with those words flush to the left-hand margin). Other materials such as photographs, images, charts, and line-drawings should be labeled “Figure” and be properly numbered and captioned.
REMEMBER: The term paper is due the day of the final. You will be required to upload it to Canvas via the Assignments portal before 11:59p.m. Do not submit it to me electronically via email as a word file. Your paper will be checkiqued for content, grammar and plagiarism