Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Typing the Research Paper Text
type two capital letters in a row, such as TH, Word makes the second letter lowercase,
Th. If you begin a sentence with a lowercase letter, Word capitalizes the i rst letter of
the sentence. If you type the name of a day in lowercase letters, such as tuesday, Word
capitalizes the i rst letter in the name of the day, Tuesday. If you leave the caps lock key
on and begin a new sentence, such as aFTER, Word corrects the typing, After, and turns
off the caps lock key. If you do not want Word to automatically perform any of these
corrections, simply remove the check mark from the appropriate check box in the
AutoCorrect dialog box.
Sometimes you do not want Word to AutoCorrect a particular word or phrase. For
example, you may use the code WD. in your documents. Because Word automatically
capitalizes the i rst letter of a sentence, the character you enter following the period will be
capitalized (in the previous sentence, it would capitalize the letter i in the word, in). To allow
the code WD. to be entered into a document and still leave the AutoCorrect feature turned
on, you would set an exception. To set an exception to an AutoCorrect rule, click Options
in the Backstage view, click Prooi ng in the left pane (Word Options dialog box), click the
AutoCorrect Options button in the right pane, click the Exceptions button (Figure 2– 27 on
the previous page), click the appropriate tab in the AutoCorrect Exceptions dialog box, type
the exception entry in the text box, click the Add button, click the Close button (AutoCorrect
Exceptions dialog box), and then click the OK button in each of the remaining dialog boxes.
To Enter More Text
The next step is to continue typing text in the research paper up to the location
of the in-text parenthetical reference. The following steps enter this text.
Because word processing
documents use variable
character fonts, it often
is difi cult to determine
in a printed document
how many times someone
has pressed the SPACEBAR
between sentences. Thus,
the rule is to press the
SPACEBAR only once after
periods, colons, and other
With the insertion point positioned at the end of the i rst paragraph in the paper, as
shown in Figure 2– 25 on page WD 86, press the ENTER key, so that you can begin typing
the text in the second paragraph.
Type Surveyors often use triangulation to measure distance.
Starting at a known location and elevation, surveyors
measure a length to create a base line and then use a
theodolite to measure an angle to an unknown point from
each side of the base line and then press the SPACEBAR .
Both the MLA and APA guidelines suggest the use of in-text parenthetical references
(placed at the end of a sentence), instead of footnoting each source of material in a paper.
These parenthetical references, called citations in Word, guide the reader to the end of the
paper for complete information about the source.
Reference all sources.
During your research, be sure to record essential publication information about each
of your sources. Following is a sample list of types of required information for the MLA
Book: full name of author(s), complete title of book, edition (if available), volume
(if available), publication city, publisher name, publication year, publication medium
Magazine: full name of author(s), complete title of article, magazine title, issue number
(if available), date of magazine, page numbers of article, publication medium
Web site: full name of author(s), title of Web site, Web site publisher or sponsor (if none,
write N.p.), publication date (if none, write n.d.), publication medium, date viewed