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Tips about formatting
« on: September 06, 2013, 05:12:16 AM »
During this hot season we have seen an increase in the number revision requests necessitated by the failure to follow formatting requirements. The way you format your paper is defined by the citation style required by the paper details. Following such style of formatting is essential. Failure to adhere to the standards set out by the formatting style (like MLA or APA) results in lowering of the customer’s grade, unnecessary strain, revisions and fines for a writer.
While the formatting guides are quite extensive and provide a lot of information, you have to know the basics:
- general format of your paper,
- how to format in-text citations and quotations,
- how to format your bibliography,
- where to get sources and which sources to use,
- what to do if ‘no format’ has been requested.

Please, read and remember the following hints. Use them in your further work.

1) ‘No Format’ requirement: Customers do not always specify the format they need in the paper details. However, there might be comments in paper instructions regarding the paper format. Please, thoroughly read the instructions (not only in the paper details section, but in the uploads and additional notes from the customers). If the instructions and order form contradict each other, better ask the customer beforehand. Also, you may always use APA if no format was requested or the customer doesn't reply in time. It is always easy to change the format, but revision will be avoided.

2) Page numbers: you must always indicate a page number where your citation comes from. If you cite a book or a printed newspaper or an article, it is important to be able to provide the page number you have used. Otherwise, your citation may be considered inadequate or raise plagiarism concerns.

3) Credibility of sources: It is important to use credible sources like books, articles, professional peer-reviewed publications, as primary sources. Important thing is that the source should have an author. Better to use journal articles or books instead of plain web sites, unless instructed by the customer. If you are using a website, make sure that site is credible and the information presented at the website of your choice is accurate. Credible sources are more likely to provide well-researched and accurate information. A reference to such source will add weight to your paper and will decrease the possibility of having your order on revision.
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